Covid-19 has had a substantial effect on the municipal workforce. We look at the effect during the peak months of the pandemic by examining the use of sick leave by uniformed staff members and civilian staff.
The Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown brought about extraordinary economic distress for New York City and its residents. That distress is now easing thanks to an influx of federal aid to the city budget and the successful development and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines.
The New York City Independent Budget Office is today adding to its compilation of roughly 100 budget options for the city—ways New York could cut spending or raise revenue. In addition to the new measures introduced today, we have revised or updated a number of initiatives included in our online Bud
NYC BY THE NUMBERS: Last year, the Mayor suspended the sanitation department’s organics collection program because of budget constraints and too many partially filled trucks. But participation varied throughout the city.
A recent court decision may allow Gowanus to be the next neighborhood rezoned under the Mayor’s initiative, but 6 other neighborhood rezoning plans—from East New York to the Bay Street corridor--are already approved and underway. We look at the status of funding for 87 local projects.
Nearly 400 public schools with grades 9-12 offer advancement placement courses. Course content is very similar across the schools, but some schools weight student grades, potentially turning a B into an A. With appendix table.
Report focuses on the allocation and uses of resources for various competing budget priorities, including the various options available for saving money and raising revenue, as well as the weighed/approximated costs and benefits for each option.
PRELIMINARY BUDGET FOCUS: Under the Governor’s budget plan, state aid to NYC schools would grow next year. But the outlook for school aid is complicated by an influx of federal pandemic school aid and the Governor’s proposed restructuring and reductions of school support from Albany.
In addition to last summer’s threat of potential layoffs, the Mayor has implemented an attrition program, with agencies allowed to replace only one out of every three departing full-time employees. How far has headcount fallen and which agencies have seen the biggest staffing declines?
Following with the City Council's Safe Housing Act, the Alternative Enforcement Program was implemented by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. The purpose of this program was to improve the conditions of the city's rundown apartment buildings. Landlords have four months to fix their rundown apartments. After those four months, the city will reinspect the building, repair it, and send the bill to the owner, who will have to repay the city.
This report explains the features that contribute to the stability of the property tax system. It shows how caps on growth in assessed value can lead to higher assessed values and how assessments move through the pipeline and how the pipieline grew through 2008, the year of the downturn.
This article presents the budget challenges faced by the City in the upcoming fiscal year. The City faces challenges arising from rising pension costs and the expiration of federal funding, which makes it more difficult to keep the budget balanced.
This report compares schools proposed for closing against other schools. The schools proposed for closing are found to be low performing, with below average student performance. However, there is no guarantee that a closing school will be replaced by a more successful one.
The city is currently in relatively good fiscal condition, due to steps to cut costs and raise revenue. However, the Mayor's budget does not address potential new problems, leaving pressure against City Hall to ensure the preservation of programs that will be affected by these problems. Economic uncertainties threaten the city and can affect the city's employment growth and tax revenues.
This report lists the budget options the City faces after the recession. The recession caused the loss of a significant amount of state aid and federal cutbacks, as well as growing pension and health expenditures, debt service, and other costs. These problems must be rectified and the options listed are potential solutions.
For school-aged children living in temporary housing--homeless shelters, doubled up, or other transitory situations--getting to and succeeding in school can be a greater challenge than for their classmates. This report explores those challenges, with a particular focus on the high absentee rate among students living in shelters and some of the factors contributing to their low attendance. In addition to IBO's usual quantitative emphasis, this report includes the perceptions and insights of homeless families; teachers, principals, and other school staff; and central and district education department administrators captured through roughly 100 interviews and 10 focus groups.
Ten years ago, following the public outcry after the death of Nixzmary Brown, the Administration for Children's Services undertook an effort to increase staffing and lower caseloads among the caseworkers responsible for investigating reports of child abuse and neglect. In this report IBO examines staffing, caseloads, length of time on the job, funding and spending, and other aspects of this effort in the years since its implementation.
The Bloomberg Administration issued its update of the budget for this fiscal year and financial plan for the ensuing years through 2015. The understated release reflects a
budget plan that appears to leave the city idling at a fiscal crossroads as Bloomberg Administration scans ahead, trying to discern where the roads may lead.
Includes IBO Expenditure Projections, IBO Revenue Projections, Pricing Differences Between IBO and the Bloomberg Administration, and IBO versus Mayor's Office
of Management and Budget Economic Forecasts
FISCAL OUTLOOK: IBO's annual report on the city's outlook for the years ahead features our latest economic forecast and includes projections of job growth as well as updated tax revenue estimates for this fiscal year and through 2020. In addition, the report presents IBO's re-estimates of city expenditures based on the Mayor's November financial plan and our projection for budget surpluses and gaps in 2017 through 2020.
The release last week of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's preliminary budget for 2012 and financial plan through 2015 prompted renewed concerns
over the agency's fiscal outlook. Transportation budget analysts have been praticularly critical of the amount of borrowing in the plan and the assumption of no wage increases
for the authority's workforce.