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City council lays out timeline for budget process

San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders and members of the city council have laid out a time line for this year's budget process. It allows for the mayor and council to settle any disagreements and for the public to have input before the June deadline. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The City of San Diego is gearing up for what likely, is going to be a very unpopular process politically. The city will find out next month the true size of the pension deficit, and no one doubts the resulting payments will eat into the money available in the budget.

Toni Atkins chairs the council's budget committee. She says once the mayor proposes his plan April 14th, the public will be invited to comment at several meetings in April and May. But Atkins says the public may not be able to change as much as they have in previous years.

ATKINS: "There's going to be no smoke and mirrors, we don't have any wiggle room, I think the council's going to have a tough year, the mayor's going to have a tough time producing it and I think the public's going to have a tough time accepting it."

The council can modify the mayor's budget and the mayor can approve or veto those changes. The council would need five votes to override a veto. Alison St John, KPBS News.

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