San Diego's Next Budget
Here is everything you need to know to follow and understand the city of San Diego's 2014 budget. Follow KPBS coverage of the budget process, see definitions of common budget terms and add your own input on how you think the city should be spending its money.
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What would you change about the city budget? For each item you add, you need to make a cut to keep it balanced!
The City Council Monday passed a $2.75 billion budget for the city of San Diego for the 2013-14 fiscal year and rejected a cut proposed for the City Attorney's Office.
Mayor Bob Filner Tuesday released his May revisions to his City of San Diego budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, in which he anticipates having $13.6 million more to spend than initially expected.
The San Diego Convention Center Corp. is developing plans to deal with a $31.1 million backlog of capital maintenance and equipment needs, CEO Carol Wallace told the City Council today.
A proposed $1.4 million spending reduction in the office of San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith failed to find broad support on the City Council today during a review of Mayor Bob Filner's budget proposal.
This week, the San Diego City Council will begin reviewing Mayor Bob Filner’s initial budget proposal, department by department.
The San Diego City Attorney's Office released a list today of what it says are specific employees targeted by Mayor Bob Filner for layoffs.
Mayor Bob Filner's proposal for a five-year labor agreement with City of San Diego employees as part of his budget plans received tentative verbal support from the City Council today.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner released his first budget proposal today. He aims to increase spending for neighborhood services and public safety.
Revenues coming into the city of San Diego are running above projections through the first six months of the fiscal year, and that should result in officials having an extra $3.6 million to spend, according to a report presented to a City Council committee today.
A report released by San Diego's Independent Budget Analyst finds quite a few uncertainties projecting a deficit of up to $84 million.
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San Diego's Budget Terms Defined
What exactly do those terms in San Diego's budget mean? Here's a list of definitions.
General Fund: Money from property tax, sales tax and other taxes and fees used to pay for most of the services the city provides. See a full list here.
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. Last year, there were 150 projects funded with about $215 million. Sixteen of the projects were new and 134 were continuing.
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 Series 1990 are bonds 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 just how it sounds—a tax on the sale of gasoline. The city gets a share of that tax.
For More Information:
Visit the Independent Budget Analyst's "Citizen’s Guide to the Budget"