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Report: Act 10 helped cut Milwaukee's overtime costs by nearly 30%

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s largest city reduced its overtime costs for public employees by almost 30 percent last year.

The Journal Sentinel said the state’s Act 10 public union bargaining limits helped the city of Milwaukee rewrite some of its compensation ordinances to cut down on overtime and other expenses.

The Public Works Department had the city’s largest reduction in OT, a drop of 65 percent last year to $2.2 million.

Officials cited better planning and budgeting – plus drier than normal weather last year that resulted in fewer water main breaks.

Milwaukee Police still have the largest overtime expenses in the city, around $14 million last year. That was down by $2.5 million from 2011.

Police Chief Ed Flynn said he has taken a number of steps to reduce overtime – including a reduction of officers who appear in court, and an overlap of shifts to reduce the need for extra time to brief officers to ongoing matters at the start of their workdays.