§ A8.406

SALARY DEDUCTIONS

Whenever, in the judgment of the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors, extraordinary economic conditions actually exist due to unemployment, fire, earthquake, flood or other calamity, which adversely affect the life, health and welfare of the citizens of the City and County or of any considerable portion thereof, the Board of Supervisors, by a three-fourths vote of all of its members, with the concurrence of the Mayor, shall have power as follows, to-wit:

a.

To officially declare that a public emergency exists, and to fix the approximate anticipated time during which said emergency shall continue, provided that no such emergency shall be anticipated to continue beyond the end of the fiscal year during which the same is declared, unless such emergency be declared subsequent to the first day of January of said year, in which event the said emergency may be anticipated to continue until the end of the next succeeding fiscal year.

b.

To provide that while said emergency as declared shall continue to exist there shall be deducted from the gross salaries and compensations, exclusive of pension and retirement allowances, of each officer and employee of the City and County of San Francisco, including officers and employees of the board of education, not more than the respective amounts hereinafter set forth. Said deductions shall be made on the basis of the salary and compensation rate of said several officers and employees which were in effect during the calendar month immediately preceding the month during which said emergency was declared and not reduced by this section.

If said salary and compensation deductions are not reflected in the annual budget and appropriation ordinances, as set forth in Subsection (c) of this section, the amount of said deductions shall be used for the purpose of meeting or alleviating the emergency which has been declared, or to balance any deficiency existing in the general funds of the City arising by reason of the delinquency in the payment of taxes or other revenue as compared with the anticipated revenues over the same period. Provided that where salaries or compensations are paid out of bond funds, utility funds, or other trust funds, which are not provided from the revenues of the City, all deductions made shall revert to the respective funds from which said salaries or compensations are paid.

The maximum deductions from the salary or compensation of each officer or employee heretofore referred to shall be as follows, to-wit:

1.

From the salaries or compensation of officers or employees whose gross earnings exceed $100 per month and do not exceed $120 per month, three percent of the amount of the gross monthly earnings of each of said officers or employees.

2.

From the salaries or compensations of officers or employees whose gross earnings exceed the sum of $120 per month and do not exceed the sum of $150 per month, seven percent of the gross monthly earnings of each of said officers or employees.

3.

From the salaries or compensations of officers or employees whose gross earnings exceed the sum of $150 per month, and do not exceed the sum of $185 per month, 10 percent of the gross monthly earnings of each of said officers or employees.

4.

From the salaries or compensations of all officers or employees whose gross earnings exceed the sum of $185 per month, and do not exceed the sum of $275 per month, 12½ percent of the gross monthly earnings of each of said officers or employees.

5.

From the salaries or compensations of all officers or employees whose gross earnings exceed the sum of $275 per month, and do not exceed the sum of $600 per month, 15 percent of the gross monthly earnings of said officers or employees.

6.

From the salaries or compensations of all officers or employees whose gross earnings exceed the sum of $600 per month, and do not exceed the sum of $834 per month, 18 percent of the gross monthly earnings of each of said officers or employees.

7.

From the salaries or compensations of all officers or employees whose gross earnings exceed the sum of $834 per month, 20 percent of the gross monthly earnings of each of said officers or employees.

8.

Provided, however, that no more than 5-1/2 percent of the gross monthly earnings of per diem employees whose compensations are fixed on the basis of a five-day week shall be deducted from the salaries or earnings of any such employee.

Said deductions shall be made from said earnings or compensations in monthly or semi-monthly installments according to the time at which said salaries or compensations are paid; provided that where the earnings of any officer or employee are on an hourly or per diem basis deductions based on his total earnings for the month shall be deducted from the installment of said earnings paid for the last half of the month.

c.

Should any such emergency declared as herein provided be anticipated to continue into the next fiscal year following the one during which said emergency has been declared, the controller and the Mayor in preparing or submitting their respective annual budget estimates shall base and estimate the net salaries and compensations to be paid at amounts not to exceed the said salaries and compensations as reduced by the above-mentioned percentages on the above-mentioned salary and compensation rates, and the annual appropriation and salary ordinance shall fix said net salaries and compensation accordingly. When any emergency is declared after the annual budget is prepared or adopted, or after the annual appropriation or salary ordinances are enacted, and before the annual tax rate is fixed as provided by law, said budget and said appropriation and salary ordinances may be revised or reenacted, so that the deductions herein authorized to be made may be reflected in the amount of the tax levy.

d.

All of such deductions, whether made after the passing of the annual budget appropriation and salary ordinance or included therein, shall be deemed as temporary deductions from the salaries and compensations of said officers and employees, and shall be continued only during the anticipated period for which said emergency has been declared.

e.

In making the deductions herein provided for, the value of board, room and laundry or other maintenance furnished by the City and County to any officer or employee, when the same is made a part of his compensation by the civil service commission, shall be added to the monetary salary or compensation paid to said employee, and the amount of deductions from said salary or compensation shall be based on said monetary salary plus the value of said board, room and laundry or other maintenance, provided that no deduction shall be made for quarters furnished to any officer or member of the fire department.

f.

During the period that any emergency shall exist after being so determined as hereinbefore provided, the controller, with the approval of the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors, may reallocate any unencumbered balance, or any part thereof, to the credit of any department or office exclusive of monies or appropriations made or required to be made to any bond, bond interest, bond redemption, pension, utility, or trust fund, so that the same shall be available to meet the necessities of said emergency, irrespective as to whether the amount allocated to said department or office is fixed by this Charter or is the result of a tax provided by said Charter to be levied for said department. Should the period during which said emergency is anticipated to exist extend beyond the end of the fiscal year in which the same was declared to exist, the Mayor, with the approval of the Board of Supervisors, may reduce the amount of any mandatory appropriation provided to be allocated to any office or department; or may reduce the amount of any tax provided by the Charter to be levied for the support or maintenance of any department or office. Provided that no such deduction in appropriation, provided by this Charter to be made to any department, or in the reallocation of funds, or reduction in the amount of said tax otherwise provided to be levied to produce funds for any department, shall be greater than is necessary to reflect the deductions in salaries provided in the section to be made by reason of said emergency.

The provisions of this section shall have precedence over conflicting provisions of this Charter, but nothing herein contained shall adversely affect the rights of the officers and employees as set forth in Section 8.400 (h) of the Charter, during the period when no public emergency exists. Contributions by the City and County and by members of the San Francisco City and County Employees’ Retirement System to, and benefits, pension payments and allowances under said Retirement System, shall be calculated on the basis of gross salaries and compensations of such members in the same manner and amounts as if no deductions from said gross salaries and compensations were made under this section.

Should any emergency be declared pursuant to the provisions of this section, which, in the judgment of the Board of Supervisors, will necessitate deductions from the salaries of the officers and employees of the City and County, over and above the amounts herein provided for, the Board of Supervisors by unanimous vote of all of its members, and with the approval of the Mayor may authorize a further deduction from the salaries and compensations of any of said officers and employees by increasing the maximum deductions in this section provided for, up to and including an amount not to exceed 25 percent of said respective salaries or compensations as the same existed before any deduction by authority of this section.

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