Tree-related Claims

Department of Parks and Recreation: In FY 2010, the City sharply reduced the budget for tree pruning. Following that cut, the number of tree-related claims soared. Even accounting for other factors, including severe weather events, evidence indicates that reductions in the budget for pruning may have contributed to several multi-million dollar settlements, including one settlement that cost more than twice the Parks Department budget for street tree pruning contracts between FY 2010 – 2012.2 After the City Council’s restoration of tree-pruning funding in FY 2013, claims dropped sharply.