August 29, 2013
This review of the Shelby County Efficiency Report is fascinating and reveals many areas of substantial savings that are possible not only in county government but immensely more in the less efficient City government and the school system.
Here are the facts that are revealed in the report.
Median sick days per year
Private sector 6 days per year
State and local governments 12 days per year
Shelby County, City of Memphis, MLGW 12 to 30 days per year depending on longevity
Like any kind of paid leave, sick leave can drive overtime expenses by creating vacancies that must be filled or work backlogs that must be reduced by employees working overtime. Also they allow unlimited carryover of sick leave from year to year. A revised policy of use it or lose each year would save a huge amount of money. This is what most of the private sector does. Why should the public sector get something that is not common in the private taxpaying sector?
Looking at the County overtime expenditures in 2012, it amounted to almost $12 million dollars. It is time we put an end to this sick leave boondoggle. All local governments should go to a paid time off approach (paid time off to include vacations, holidays, sick days, personnel days etc.) that matches the private sector average, not the inflated public sector model.