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San Diego's City Budget

Everything you need to follow the news and understand what's in the city of San Diego's fiscal 2016 budget.

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San Diego Council Members Voice Spending Priorities For 2017 Budget

San Diego City Council members had few gripes with Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposed $3.3 billion budget.

Roundtable: City Budget, Goldsmith Vs. Briggs, SANDAG And The Media

Faulconer releases a budget heavy on infrastructure. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and San Diegans for Open Government Attorney Cory Briggs each say the other is full of hot air. SANDAG spent a lot of money trying to influence the media.

Proposed City Budget Increases Funding For Road Repair

According to the mayor's office, the $109 million set aside for fixing roads is the most in recent history and a threefold increase over the budget two years ago.

Budget Terms Defined

General Fund: Money from property tax, sales tax and other taxes and fees used to pay for most of the services the city provides.

Capital Improvement Program: Money to fix up or improve the city’s buildings, parks, landfills and wastewater and transportation systems.

Internal Service Funds: money used to pay for services provided by one city department to another city department. For example, printing services and vehicle maintenance.

Enterprise Funds: Services like water, sewer, trash, recycling and airports that are paid for by user fees. These funds are supposed to not require any additional money from the city.

Capital Project Funds: used to acquire or build major projects like buildings, parks, libraries and transportation and storm water systems.

Debt Service and Tax Funds: Used to pay down the Series 1991 General Obligation Bonds for Public Safety Communication Project and to pay for General Fund Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes. The General Obligation Bonds were issued in 1991 to fund communication equipment for fire and police. The Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes, or TRANS, is money leant to the city to hold it over until property tax revenues come through from the county.

Special Revenue Funds: money collected for specific purposes, like the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) or the Gas Tax. The TOT is the tax collected on hotel rooms, campgrounds, hostels and other places visitors to San Diego stay. The Gas Tax is the city's share of the tax on the sale of gasoline.