The City of Lakeland employs 2,716 people on a full- or part-time basis to perform hundreds of jobs ranging from entry-level clerical positions to the top tier professionals.
The organizational chart identifies 18 departments which are listed here along with the executives responsible for their operation and management.
The City Commissioners are the political representatives for the citizenship and these men and women are the management representatives. They are our conduit to how the city's various enterprises are run.
Select this link to visit the comprehensive budget data on the city's OpenGov portal.
The table below reports the actual expenditures through the end of the third fiscal quarter, June 30, 2019.
The headline number here represents an annualized estimate based on four full quarters.
Almost half of city employees recommended for raises
June 4, 2018 - The lowest-paid workers for the city of Lakeland are set to see their pay increased at the recommendation of a consultant hired to review city workers’ salaries.
The study found that 44 percent of workers — or 264 job classifications — should have their pay increase between 2 percent and 55 percent, for a total of $1.256 million.
“Some of these same folks, we’re competing with Walmart, Sam’s Club — that $15-an-hour group,” said Mark Farrington, director of human resources for the city. “We felt we had to do something. Those are the ones that, when the rubber hits the road, that’s where the public sees quality.”
Finance Director and City Manager offer insight on employee population
From: Michael Maguire
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2018 8:25 AM
To: Brossart, Michael
I have a hypothetical for you.
Inasmuch as the state requires cities to produce and publish balanced budgets, I was wondering what would be the consequences of reducing personnel costs through productivity gains. If such an effort resulted in significantly fewer employees, and assuming a typical increase in revenue, where would the "surplus" most likely be put to use?
From: Brossart, Michael
Sent: Friday, June 22, 2018 10:20 AM
To: Michael Maguire, Tony Delgado
Good morning Michael. As Tony mentions during his talks around the community, the City’s employees take great pride in finding ways to reduce costs wherever possible. We manage process improvement projects throughout each year, resulting in ways to reduce costs and improve productivity. The most significant effect is realized as we reduce positions. We also limit expense growth. This year’s budget only allowed controllable expenses to grow by 1.25%. I would put that up against every public or private organization – especially one as diverse and large as ours.
As far as your question regarding the use of surplus, the Commission decides how much surplus to maintain in each fund. As municipal General Funds are not-for-profit service providers, it is just a matter of time before expenses grow faster than its limited revenue sources. The City is very unusual when compared to its peers because it has developed other sources of revenues for the General Fund which allows us to be much less reliant upon property tax revenues. Ours is the 3rd lowest millage rate in the County with the best combination of amenities for its citizens.
I have copied Tony as he may want to add his thoughts to this missive.
Have a great weekend… MIKE
On June 22, 2018 at 11:33 AM Tony Delgado wrote:
I would also believe that the Commission would ask to entertain options to review the current millage rates as Commissioner Franklin did during our Business Planning retreat. Mike Brossart is correct that we continue to look for efficiencies and try to maintain the millage rate at a very favorable level along with maintaining a fair dividend from our major enterprise funds … The Utilities.
New project expenditures or additional rant programs, while reasonable and inviting in some respects, come with long term maintenance and operational funding requirements and the possibility for economic changes that would require the Commission to evaluate the continued opportunity of funding.