City of San Diego to Pay for Good Ideas

The program, called San Diego Works, aims to pay city employees for those ideas – up to $5,000 per individual

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    The City of San Diego wants to find the "right idea" - one  that can save taxpayer money and make City Hall more efficient.

    The program, called San Diego Works, aims to pay city employees for those ideas – up to $5,000 per individual.

    “City Hall should be as effective as possible,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Tuesday. “The money saved from these ideas can be put towards things like new street lights, freshly paved roads and increased public safety.”

    “There’s literally tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of dollars, I believe, that we can save when we unleash this creativity,” he added.

    Starting August 15, city employees will be able to submit ideas on how to do things differently and save money in the process.

    Rewards will depend on the savings. An employee and their team get to share in 10 percent of the savings anticipated from their idea - up to $100,000 for the team to share equally among its participants and up to a maximum of $5,000 per person.

    The good idea doesn’t have to save money. If an employee comes up with a way to improve customer service, they will still be eligible for a $50 award.

    City Councilmembers will vote Thursday on whether to approve the proposed initiative.