San Diego Business Journal

Mayor Faulconer Sets His Priorities With New Budget

By Mike Allen Monday, April 14, 2014

Mayor Kevin Faulconer campaigned to make neighborhoods his priority, and his 2014-15 fiscal year budget, which he released April 14, demonstrates that, according to a mayoral staff report.

The $2.97 billion budget, called One San Diego, is an increase of $180 million above the current fiscal year budget that ends June 30.

“This budget will bring San Diego smoother roads, more police on the beat, improved emergency response times when you call 911, more hours and after-school programs at libraries, and funding to bring City Hall into the digital age,” Faulconer said.

Among the proposed parts of next year’s budget are a capital improvement budget of $297.7 million; sidewalk and street light improvements, $1.4 million; expanding library hours at all branches by four hours weekly, and at central branch by five hours, $1.5 million; staffing for new park facilities, $800,000; police officer retention program, $3.2 million; and two additional firefighter academies, $1.1 million.

As for making things more transparent at City Hall, the budget includes $200,000 for a position called an Open Data Officer, and $500,000 for “continued city email retention and storage.”

The final budget will be adopted in June following several weeks of public review conducted by the City Council.