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Sanders to unveil city budget proposal next week

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders says the budget proposal he'll unveil next week will be the turning point for San Diego's financial crisis.

He made his comment Thursday, at a combined meeting of the Catfish Club and the City Club. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Mayor Sanders said it will take more than one year to turn the city's financial tailspin around, but this year's budget will be the starting point. There's some positive news -- city revenues are $40 million higher than expected. But Sanders said he wont engage in smoke and mirrors tactics to hide expenditures. He has authorized an audit of the water and sewer departments' enterprise funds

Sanders: "That's about a three month project but I think its pivotal if we want to convince san diegans that in order to repair the infrastructure for water and sewer and waste water that me might need to raise rates."

Critics have suggested water rates have been used in the past to fill t city budget holes in other departments. Sanders says this year's budget will be the start of a comprehensive recovery plan. Alison St John KPBS News.

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