The state-appointed authority overseeing Buffalo (NY) public school finances says taxpayer-covered cosmetic surgery rung up by the city’s teachers totaled nearly $9 million in 2009.
The Buffalo Fiscal Stability Authority reports that last year’s costs for such elective procedures as chemical peels and other skin treatments are up $8 million over the 2004 tab for cosmetic surgery provided under the teachers’ union contract.
School district officials say teachers or their dependents accounted for 90% of the approximately 500 people who received cosmetic surgery last year. About 10,000 district employees are eligible for the benefit.
The president of the teachers’ union says the union has agreed to give up the benefit in the next contract.
[Source: The Associated Press]