San Diego City Council Hears Public Comment on Mayor Gloria’s 2023 Tax Budget – NBC 7 San Diego

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The San Diego City Council unanimously passed Mayor Todd Gloria’s $5 billion on Monday.Ready to rebuild” budget for the 2023 financial year.

Gloria’s budget presents an increase of $141 million over the budget originally proposed in May, an increase of 2.9%. It focuses on repairing aging infrastructure, improving city services, enforcing new regulations, increasing salaries for first responders and other city workers and reducing homelessness, says mayor .

“Budgets are statements of priorities, and this plan prioritizes a healthy fiscal future for San Diego with investments that protect and improve the quality of life for all of our residents,” Gloria said when the budget was released. “We’re making sure we have staff to do the work to clear the backlog of repairs to streets, park facilities and sidewalks, and to fix the storm drains that keep our beaches and waterways clean.

“We’re playing the long game with this budget — thinking about how this year’s spending decisions affect San Diego’s fiscal position five years from now and ensuring our city stays on the path to true stability. in all respects,” he said.

Dozens of San Ysidro residents on Monday called on council to adopt a belated recommendation from an independent budget analyst to fund the first phase of Beyer Park — a project in the neighborhood adjacent to the international border that has stalled for years. The $2.2 million fills the funding gap for the first phase and begins to fill the gap for the park’s second phase of construction.

The proposed eight-acre park would be built on a 43-acre site and would include ball diamonds, a playground, restrooms, walking paths, a skate park and a dog park. Residents of the neighborhood – which falls under City Council District 8 – said it would be a long overdue development to provide San Ysidro residents with exercise and a safe social gathering space.

One woman said it would serve as the “lungs” of the community, a green space battling the exhaust from vehicles queuing to cross the border daily.

The IBA contributed nearly $19 million in belated recommendations, including $3.5 million for the city’s housing stability fund, $1.5 million for the design of the San Francisco Library branch. Carlos and $1.1 million to repave Redland Drive Loop and 55th Street. The IBA recommendations were approved.

The budget includes a $13.8 million increase for the San Diego Police Department, funding the SDPD with $584 million to support personnel, equipment and facilities and includes an additional $5.5 million for extra time.

In 2021, Gloria’s budget saw a $23 million increase for the San Diego Police Department. The city has increased the SDPD’s budget over the past 10 years, an increase of more than $213 million since 2011.

The city’s Department of Finance expects total general fund revenue to grow 8.2% — or $143.3 million — in the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

However, Gloria’s budget has faced a shortfall this year and will use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act to replace lost revenue – $123.5 million in ARPA funds this year, with the remaining balance of $55.8 million dollars being withheld for next year.

Key infrastructure investments in the proposal include bringing stormwater into compliance with stricter national water quality laws and repairing failing or damaged storm sewers and pumps that prevent flooding and pollution from the water.

The plan funds improvements to parks and recreation services, with an additional $4.3 million over the previous year’s budget dedicated to recruiting and training workers and addressing high staff and employee turnover. vacancies by converting hourly staff into salaried positions.

The budget will add $8 million to improve streets with improved traffic signals, sidewalks and ramps, traffic management, tree maintenance, and graffiti and weed removal, as well as than $77 million to resurface streets – an increase of $27.6 million over the current budget.

Implementing and enforcing short-term rentals and curbside vending represents just over $6 million in the budget, while $4.3 million is added to existing efforts to combat homeless encampments in neighborhoods, according to a statement from the mayor’s office.

The budget includes spending to continue addressing homelessness, with an additional $13.6 million dedicated to increasing shelter capacity, services and coordinated street outreach. Total funding for homeless services exceeds $65 million in the budget, with two-thirds of that amount coming from state and federal grant programs.

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