San Diego Mayor Presents His First Budget Monday
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Aired 4/14/14 on KPBS News.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer's staff said the fiscal 2015 budget proposal will be posted online shortly after it's presented at a 12:30 p.m. news conference Monday at City Hall.
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer plans to present his first city budget at a news conference at 12:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall.
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The fiscal 2015 budget will be Faulconer's proposed spending blueprint for many of the programs San Diegans care about, from street repair to homeless services to public art.
Faulconer's staff said the full proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 will be posted online shortly after the mayor's news conference.
Last week, Faulconer said the budget proposal would focus on repairing streets and providing neighborhood services.
He promised $35 million in new revenue and said that "nearly $22 million of that will be going towards the city’s infrastructure.”
A statement from Faulconer's staff said the budget will total $3 billion, up from last year's $2.8 billion budget.
City staff begin crafting the budget in September, which means this year's budget was made during the transition from interim Mayor Todd Gloria to Faulconer. Faulconer didn't assume office until early March, after winning a special election a month earlier to replace disgraced ex-Mayor Bob Filner.
Mary Lewis, the city's chief financial officer, said staff members were ready to present Faulconer with his budget options as soon as he was sworn in.
After Faulconer's budget proposal is released, the independent budget analyst will review it, and then the City Council will hold hearings on each department's spending paln.
The council will also hold public hearings on May 21 and June 9 to get San Diegans' comments on the how they want the city's tax dollars spent.
Faulconer will then issue a revised budget, which will go to the City Council for a vote. A final budget must be adopted by June 15.