The city government could save millions of dollars by implementing voting by mail, moving jury duty to the summer for teachers, or even taxing breast implants and face-lifts, according to an Independent Budget Office report that offers 63 ways to help close a budget gap the IBO estimates will be $3.1 billion in 2009.
Budget Office Offers 63 Ways For City To Save
The IBO's suggestions came as the city comptroller, William Thompson Jr., said the economic environment ahead looks grim, although New York City posted a higher growth rate than rest of the nation last quarter, 1.1% versus 0.6%.
Angry NYer has his own analysis:
Some of the ideas seem just plain dumb, like reducing fire truck crews. In a post 9/11 NYC that is growing in population, any FDNY cut is just a stupid and dangerous one. But this report is savvy enough to point that out (well, not as bluntly as I do, but…)
IBO report: how to raise cash for the city.