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