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Council Committee Questions Cuts Proposed For 2012

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Aired 9/30/10

San Diegans could see neighborhood libraries and recreation centers closed permanently in 2012. Those are just a few of the measures proposed to close the $72 million budget gap the city expects to face.

— San Diegans could see neighborhood libraries and recreation centers closed permanently in 2012. Those are just a few of the measures proposed to close the $72 million budget gap the city expects to face.

The city’s 2012 operating budget will have to be slashed by $75 million unless revenues increase or financial reforms are implemented, according to Jay Goldstone, San Diego's chief operating officer. City council members had their first chance to ask questions about cuts proposed to close that gap at Wednesday's budget and finance committee meeting.

Councilwoman Marti Emerald implied the bleak budget is a reason for voters to support Proposition D. The ballot initiative would increase city sales tax once cost savings measures are put in place.

“If the public is listening," she said, "there’s one road out of this, aside from laying off people that impact all the services across the board, and that’s to find new revenues to help shore up the services that we do provide.”

Other possible cuts include $23 million less for the police and fire departments. Emerald and Councilman Carl DeMaio said they will not vote for further reduction to the city’s public safety services.

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