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City hires analyst to help assess proposed budget

For the first time, the City of San Diego has an independent budget analyst to help the council and the public assess the mayor's budget proposal. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more on Andrea Tevlin's report, released today.

The report uncovers some of the hidden problems glossed over in the mayor's positive budget presentation. Tevlin says the mayor wants to increase the city's liability fund to 10 million dollars next year. But she points out that likely wont be enough, since the actual cost of investigations and lawsuits this year was double that: 20 million dollars!

Tevlin: "It has not been sufficient in the last year and this is a potential impact that perhaps is not budgeted."

Tevlin says the budget should be more realistic about potentially astronomical legal costs next year.

She points out other trouble spots. She says though the mayor adds 24 million dollars to cover the police department's overtime, the police budget will still come up short if they succeed in recruiting more officers to reach full staffing next year. Alison St John KPBS News.

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