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San Diego’s 5-Year Budget Outlook Presents Mixed Picture

There’s good news and bad news in San Diego’s most recent five-year financial projections.

— There’s good news and bad news in San Diego’s most recent five-year financial projections.

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City of San Diego Five-Year Financial Outlook

City of San Diego Five-Year Financial Outlook

The City of San Diego's five-year financial outlook for FY 2013- 2017.

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The bad news: San Diego is facing a nearly $32-million budget deficit next fiscal year, followed by projected deficits for the three years after that.

The good news: Next year’s deficit is about $9 million less than originally forecast.

San Diego’s Chief Financial Officer Mary Lewis prepared the outlook. The report found there have been signs of economic recovery in the past year, but the housing market and the impact of state budget cuts remain areas of concern.

The report projects property, sales and hotel room tax revenues will continue to rise in the next five years - but it says service cuts may be needed to balance next year’s budget.

The city’s budget committee will consider the five-year forecast Wednesday morning.

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