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San Diego's City Budget

Everything you need to follow the news and understand what's in the city of San Diego's fiscal 2016 budget.

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Budget Coverage

Tease photo: City Council Reviews Proposed Budget For Civic San Diego

City Council Reviews Proposed Budget For Civic San Diego

The City Council Thursday scrutinized the proposed budget of Civic San Diego for the fiscal year that begins July 1, amid growing concerns over the scope of the agency's powers.

5/7/15Read more

Tease photo: San Diego Council Members Support Increase To Library Funding

San Diego Council Members Support Increase To Library Funding

A bipartisan group of City Council members expressed support for increasing the San Diego library system's fund for acquiring books and audio/visual materials, which was reduced in Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed spending plan.

5/6/15Read more

Tease photo: San Diego City Council Looks At Personnel Challenge As Budget Hearings Begin

San Diego City Council Looks At Personnel Challenge As Budget Hearings Begin

The challenge of hiring 424 new employees in the fiscal year that begins July 1 was highlighted Monday as the San Diego City Council started five days of public hearings to scrutinize Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget.

5/4/15Read more

Tease photo: San Diego City Council To Begin Budget Hearings This Week

San Diego City Council To Begin Budget Hearings This Week

The City Council on Monday will begin five days of public hearings to scrutinize Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

5/4/15Read more

Tease photo: San Diego Rolls Out Interactive Online Budget Tool

San Diego Rolls Out Interactive Online Budget Tool

The tool at Budget.SanDiego.gov allows users to gather information about the 2015-16 spending plan by clicking on pie charts or viewing tables.

4/29/15Read more

Tease photo: Budget Analyst: Faulconer's Proposed Budget Is 'Good News' For San Diegans

Budget Analyst: Faulconer's Proposed Budget Is 'Good News' For San Diegans

New report raises concerns about infrastructure, new city jobs

A new report out this week shows Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed fiscal 2016 city budget has plenty to offer San Diegans, but points to some future areas of concern.

4/28/15Read more

Tease photo: San Diego City Council Responds Positively To Faulconer's Proposed Budget

San Diego City Council Responds Positively To Faulconer's Proposed Budget

The $3.2 billion spending plan, which would take effect July 1, includes funding for the repair of 300 miles of streets.

4/14/15Read more

Tease photo: Mayor Faulconer Proposes $3.2 Billion Budget For San Diego

Mayor Faulconer Proposes $3.2 Billion Budget For San Diego

Mayor Kevin Faulconer is also proposing to expand operating hours at the city's 16 busiest recreation centers from 45 to 60 hours a week.

4/13/15Read more

Tease photo: San Diegans: What Would You Change In Your City's Budget?

San Diegans: What Would You Change In Your City's Budget?

In advance of Mayor Kevin Faulconer's budget proposal, KPBS asked people from across the city where they want to see the city spend more and less money.

4/7/15Read more

Budget Terms Definied

General Fund: Money from property tax, sales tax and other taxes and fees used to pay for most of the services the city provides.

Capital Improvement Program: Money to fix up or improve the city’s buildings, parks, landfills and wastewater and transportation systems.

Internal Service Funds: money used to pay for services provided by one city department to another city department. For example, printing services and vehicle maintenance.

Enterprise Funds: Services like water, sewer, trash, recycling and airports that are paid for by user fees. These funds are supposed to not require any additional money from the city.

Capital Project Funds: used to acquire or build major projects like buildings, parks, libraries and transportation and storm water systems.

Debt Service and Tax Funds: Used to pay down the Series 1991 General Obligation Bonds for Public Safety Communication Project and to pay for General Fund Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes. The General Obligation Bonds were issued in 1991 to fund communication equipment for fire and police. The Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes, or TRANS, is money leant to the city to hold it over until property tax revenues come through from the county.

Special Revenue Funds: money collected for specific purposes, like the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) or the Gas Tax. The TOT is the tax collected on hotel rooms, campgrounds, hostels and other places visitors to San Diego stay. The Gas Tax is the city's share of the tax on the sale of gasoline.