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San Diego Citizen Survey Reveals Spending Priorities

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People living in San Diego would be willing to pay more to maintain city streets. But they don't support spending money to increase neighborhood parking. Those are some of the results from a new survey that will be presented to the city council Wednesday.

— People living in San Diego would be willing to pay more to maintain city streets. But they don't support spending money to increase neighborhood parking. Those are some of the results from a new survey that will be presented to the city council Wednesday.

The telephone survey of 600 citizens was sponsored by the city council's Independent Budget Analyst. The results will be presented to a special meeting of the budget and finance committee with includes the full city council. More than half of the respondents reported being satisfied with how the city delivers services.

Nearly 75 percent believe San Diego needs to outsource some of those services as a way to save money. The survey was conducted as part of an effort to eliminate the city's structural budget deficit. San Diego spends more money than it takes in.

The budget analyst has suggested 11 guiding principles for eliminating that deficit including prioritizing city services using the information gathered from this survey.

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