Mayor Gloria signs $ 4.6 billion budget to get town back to work
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria on Monday signed the $ 4.6 billion budget for fiscal 2022, also known as âBack to Work SDâ.
Gloria said Monday’s action delivered on its promise to deliver a balanced, on-time municipal budget and get town residents back to work.
âAfter years of budget mismanagement and a pandemic that has wreaked havoc on our local economy, this budget puts our city on the right track to get back on track and get back to work,â said Gloria. âWith the city budget law, we will make the key investments necessary to foster a fair recovery from COVID-19, make housing more affordable, tackle homelessness and fix our roads. “
Gloria said the budget puts the city on a fiscally responsible path to erase the structural budget deficit, while investing in neighborhood services and workers. Gloria faced a projected budget deficit of $ 124 million after taking office in December.
The budget gap has been closed with an increase in projected revenues and the receipt of $ 306 million in federal coronavirus relief funding coming to the city over the next two years.
Monday’s signing of the budget followed several weeks of review by residents and city council. In attendance with Gloria for the signing: City Council President Dr. Jennifer Campbell; Chris Cate, chairman of the budget committee; and city councilor Raul Campillo.
âThis budget shows how united we are in moving San Diego forward,â said Campbell. âWe’ve spent money supporting small businesses, tackling homelessness, tackling climate change, and providing the basic services that San Diego deserves.â
Cate said the budget “commits an unprecedented amount of infrastructure investment across the city, including communities of concern.”
Cate added that the budget includes significant funding to tackle homelessness, including more social services.
âAs we begin to determine our path after the pandemic, our goal must be to support our neighborhoods and enable small business owners and residents to return to work and thrive,â he said.
Campillo thanked Gloria for her âvision and leadership on these issuesâ.
Campillo added that he was also proud of the additions he and other board members have advocated, especially the Office for Children and Youth Success, which he called “a long overdue step to ensure that San Diego is the best place to raise a family â.
On June 14, city council voted unanimously to pass Gloria’s proposed budget of approximately $ 4.6 billion, an increase of more than $ 537 million – or 13.4% – from the last year’s spending plan. Much of the increase in FY22 – around $ 400 million – is attributed to the Pure Water project.
However, a sizable $ 23 million increase in the San Diego Police Department‘s budget was made despite dozens of appeals asking the council to fund the SDPD’s overtime allowance of at least $ 10 million. dollars – echoing the 2020 marathon council session following George’s in-custody death. Floyd in Minneapolis.
Much of the increase in the police budget is part of non-discretionary spending such as pensions, over which Gloria has little say, according to city officials. The budget cuts police overtime by $ 4 million.
The city has increased the SDPD budget over the past 10 years, an increase of over $ 200 million since 2011.
Other projects were spurred on by various board members due to the unallocated US bailout and general funds, including $ 250,000 for four full-time code enforcement officers; $ 140,000 for a program coordinator in the Department of Real Estate Assets; $ 300,000 for the design phase of the Oak Park library; $ 250,000 for a park for joint use with the San Diego Unified School District; and $ 500,000 to help fund a feasibility study on public electricity.
Other funding priorities include:
- $ 10 million to build âsexyâ streets in historically underserved communities, and an additional $ 30 million is expected to come from debt proceeds;
- reorganize the city’s management team to save $ 784,000 annually;
- over $ 10 million for immediate actions to fight the homelessness crisis and funding to support the new Homelessness Strategy Department;
- $ 10 million in nonprofit and small business loans in sectors hard hit and owned by people of color;
- increased funding for the âNo Shots Firedâ gang prevention program and additional community- and youth-focused diversion programs;
- create a âSummer for Us Allâ program to help children and their families participate in activities in libraries and recreation centers in affected communities;
- the construction of the first phase of the Pure Water recycling program, which aims to provide nearly half of the city’s drinking water by 2045;
- updates to the Climate Action Plan; and
- invest $ 7 million in the new Climate Equity Fund.
City budget documents are available at sandiego.gov/finance/proposed.
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