While city staff has identified $683,000 worth of efficiencies in response to last year's ask from council, only $447,000 of it can be realized in 2013, according to a report released last week.
The hunt for efficiency targets, spurred by a motion moved by Coun. Gloria Kovach at the end of the 2012 budget process that sought "sustainable, i.e. not a one-time reduction" cost savings that could not involve a fee hike or service reduction.
Items that generated savings from small changes, such as moving employee pay stub distribution online (saves $1,000 in 2013) to finding a new adminsitrator for employee benefits (expected to save $200,000 annually by year end 2014).
Further savings could be realized by conducting value for money audits, consulting further with city union leaders and reforming workplace timekeeping practices.
Councillors will likely ask city finance staff why they're $53,000 short for 2013 at a corportate administration, finance and enterprise committee meeting scheduled for Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m.