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2009 Mid-Year Budget Adjustments

The City of San Diego is facing a $180 - $200 million budget deficit in Fiscal Year 2011. In order to reduce the amount of the projected deficit, the City is planning adjustments to its current budget, to take effect January 1st, 2010.

Councilmember Lightner wants to hear your ideas about how San Diego can meet its budget challenges. Email her at SherriLightner@sandiego.gov.

Councilmember Lightner's Budget Memorandum

On December 8, 2009, Councilmember Lightner released a memorandum urging City Council to "focus on preventing further cuts to public safety and neighborhood services" and where cuts have been made as a last resort, to "work to find ways to restore those services as quickly as possible." You can read the full memorandum, below.

Recommendations Regarding the FY2011 Budget and the FY2010 Budget Amendments (PDF)

Mayor's Proposed Budget Reductions (11/24/09 & 12/2/09)

On November 24th, the Mayor released a list of proposed changes to the Fiscal Year 2010 and 2011 Budgets, including service cuts, to make-up the budget deficit. You can read a copy of this report by clicking on the below link. On Wednesday, December 2nd, the Mayor released modifications to his proposed reductions to the Library Department budget. You can read the changes in the memo, below.

Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Amendment Report and Fiscal Year 2011 General Fund Budget Report (PDF)

Modifications to Proposed Library Reductions Memo (PDF)

Addendum to Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Amendment Report and Fiscal Year 2011 Proposed General Fund Budget (PDF)

IBA Review of the Mayor's Proposed FY 2010/2011 Budget Solutions (PDF)

City Council Budget Hearings

Upcoming City Council meetings related to the City Budget are listed below. The December 2nd and December 8th meetings will provide the greatest opportunity for public input. All meetings are to take place in Council Chambers at the City Administration Building, 12th floor, 202 "C" Street, San Diego, CA 92101.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. (and 2:00 p.m., only if needed)
  • Public hearings regarding FY10 and FY11 budget resolutions

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Independent Budget Analyst will present her report on budget reductions

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. (and 6:00 p.m., only if needed)
  • Public hearings regarding FY10 and FY11 budget resolutions
  • Consideration of resolutions’ approval
  • Public hearing regarding amendments to the FY10 Appropriations Ordinance

Monday, December 14, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Opportunity to hold override hearing if the Mayor vetoes either the FY10 or FY11 resolution
  • Public hearing regarding amendments to the FY10 Appropriations Ordinance
  • Consideration of the introduction and adoption of that ordinance

District One Budget Town Hall Meeting on Dec. 2nd

You're invited to make your voice heard at a district-wide town hall meeting regarding the budget. Councilmember Lightner will be there to gather your input on how San Diego can reduce the budget gap.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Cathedral Catholic High School - Assisi Hall
5555 Del Mar Heights Rd
San Diego, CA 92130-1368

San Diego Speaks Town Hall Meetings

Come voice your views about how the City can reduce the budget gap at one of the San Diego Speaks Town Hall Meetings hosted by the City Council Budget & Finance Committee:

Thursday, November 19, 2009
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
DePortola Middle School
11010 Clairemont Mesa Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92124-1599

Saturday, November 21, 2009
9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Hoover High School
4474 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92115

Tuesday, December 8, 2009
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

You can also contribute your suggestions by calling the San Diego Speaks Hotline at (619) 236-6934 or by emailing budgetandfinance@sandiego.gov.

More Information

The Independent Budget Analyst has prepared this guidebook to help citizens better understand the City's budgeting process.