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S.D. Mayor Gets Earful from Citizens Over Proposed Cuts

The San Diego City Council got an earful from citizens at a public hearing on the mayor's proposed mid-year budget cuts. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

S.D. Mayor Gets Earful from Citizens Over Proposed Cuts

The San Diego City Council got an earful from citizens at a public hearing on the mayor's proposed mid-year budget cuts. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

The mayor's plan would cut police and fire training academies, and close 7 libraries and 9 Rec Centers.

Wilber Smith, chair of the Parks and Recreation Board was one of those who testified at the all day budget hearing.

Smith: These cuts are slowly dismantling one of the finest park and rec systems on the country. This system took decades to build.

Jim Boyston of Bay Park brought his daughter to address the council.

Boyston: Please don't close my library.

Some suggested other ways to close the $43 million mid year budget gap, such as work furloughs, reducing employee car allowance, or reallocating TOT money. Currently the plan includes no fee or tax increases.

Erik Bruvald of the Institute for Policy Initiatives points out the budget gap is going to get worse.

Bruvald: with the city facing not just the deficit this year but twenty ten getting even worse, we've got to have a reality of where this cities going in terms of revenues and expenses.

The city's chief financial officer says in 2011, pensions fund payments could go up from 160 to 200 million a year or more, to cover current market losses.

Alison St John, KPBS News.