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City Controller Threatens Crackdown On Bloated LA Salaries

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — City Controller Wendy Greuel says some departments in Los Angeles are spending far too much on salaries.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports the top three offenders are the LAPD, the city attorney’s office and general services.

Greuel warns those three departments are on track to surpass their salary appropriations by a total of over $23 million by the end of the fiscal year in June.

Another fifteen departments are projected to overspend by about $8.5 million altogether.

Greuel is threatening to withhold payments that exceed budgeted allotments.

“I’m going to let [City] Council know that we think it would be appropriate not to continue forward if they aren’t addressing that budget deficit,” Greuel said.

The city faces a projected $350 million deficit in the coming fiscal year.

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