Department of Parks and Recreation: Tree-limb related claims dropped by over 54 percent between FY 2013 (382) and FY 2014 (174). While the number of claims rose modestly in FY 2015 (to 207), the numbers remain near historic lows.
This progress follows the City Council’s restoration of tree-pruning funding in FY 2013. Prior cuts to the tree-pruning budget in FY 2010 precipitated a sharp rise in tree-limb claims and settlement costs.
In addition, DPR is starting to see the effects of the restored tree pruning budget on judgment and settlement costs. In FY 2014, the judgment and claims costs against DPR plunged from $29.5 million to $15.8 million, a decline of 47 percent and the lowest total since FY 2009.