Tuesday, April 8, 2008
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders has revealed the first details of his proposed city budget for next year. It includes more money for firefighters and less for libraries and parks. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.
The mayor says city residents may have to wait longer in line to check out books at the library, and all but one city pool will now close for almost four months a year. But Sanders says he does not plan to cut library hours.
He proposes to save money by eliminating another 127 positions from the city's list of more than 10,000 employees.
Public safety and financial management will both get a boost: $2 million goes to staff the city's second helicopter, and the fire department will get more than a million dollars worth of new equipment. Six new code enforcement officers will monitor brush abatement on private property. $160 million will go into the pension fund .
For the first time, the mayor will ask the Center City Development Corporation to help pay city obligations by covering $5 million of the $11 million the city pays every year to cover the Ballpark bonds.
Sanders plans eight community meetings, and the city council will debate the budget in coming months.
Alison St John KPBS News.