Monday, April 13, 2009
San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders will present his budget to the city council this week. The city is facing a $60 million budget shortfall. KPBS reporter Katie Orr has details.
Sanders is asking the city’s five labor unions for concessions that would cover a large portion of the budget gap. He wants the unions to give more ground on the DROP program which lets city employees draw their retirement while still receiving their salary. He also wants labor to make concession on healthcare for retirees.
Sanders says he will not close parks or libraries to cover the shortfall. The city council is considering raising the fees San Diego charges for a variety of services. Some officials have also raised the idea of eventually charging homeowners for trash pick-up. The city spends nearly $53 million a year on collecting trash and recycling. The city charter prohibits charging for the service. That can only be changed through a vote of the people.
Katie Orr, KPBS News