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FY2012 Budget

Fiscal Year 2012 runs from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. The City faces a projected $56.7 million budget deficit in FY2012.

Councilmember Lightner is working with fellow Councilmembers, the Mayor, City staff and knowledgeable residents to find ways to close the budget gap while preserving public safety and essential neighborhood services.

If you have suggestions or comments regarding the City budget, please contact us.

Update (6/6/11):

Councilmember Lightner joined six of her colleagues in voting for a 2012 budget that improved public safety and kept key neighborhood services intact. Highlights include:

  • Ending all fire engine brownouts effective July 1, 2011. A previous proposal would have phased out brownouts gradually.
  • Improving staffing and training for lifeguards – a key component of public safety especially in the busy summer months.
  • Maintaining current operating hours at all libraries and rec centers.
  • Restoring swim team, water polo and after-school programs.
  • Reinstating civilian positions for the police vehicle abatement program, freeing-up sworn police officers to focus on crime prevention.

Councilmember Lightner had championed ending brownouts immediately and pushed to improve lifeguard training and staffing. She also joined her Council colleagues to ensure that current library and rec center hours and other programs would continue despite the City’s ongoing financial struggles.

To pay for the services, Council made tough, sensible cuts including trimming discretionary IT funding and overtime and travel for non-public safety workers.

Update (5/24/11):

Councilmember Lightner recently provided her proposal on how to balance the budget while ending brownouts, keeping library and rec centers open at their current levels and improving lifeguard staffing and training. Find out more (PDF).

Community Budget Briefing

Mayor Jerry Sanders and City staff will provide information on the City's FY2012 budget for the community at two upcoming meetings:

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Kearny High School Auditorium
7651 Wellington Way
San Diego, CA 92111
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 28, 2011
Joe and Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

For more information about these meetings, please contact the Mayor's office at (619) 236-6330.

Working for You on the FY2012 Budget

On April 12, 2011, Councilmember Lightner voted to approve a Council resolution asking the Mayor do three things:

  1. Incorporate into his proposed budget 15 measures which have the potential to generate savings of $36.8 to $49.6 million a year.

  2. Analyze eight other measures that have the potential to generate additional savings.

  3. Use any cost savings from these measures to (a) restore browned-out fire stations, (b) preserve public safety services such as police, fire and lifeguards, (c) mitigate staffing and service reductions to the Library and Park & Recreation Departments, and (d) fund the City’s deferred capital backlog.

The Mayor's proposed budget includes many, but not all, of the 15 Council-recommended measures. In addition, we are still awaiting the results of the analysis of the other eight budgetary measures.

In short, Councilmember Lightner is working to avoid additional cuts to public safety, libraries and rec centers, which have already been hard-hit by previous budget cuts.

This will not be easy. Combined, the Police, Fire-Rescue, Park & Rec, and Library Departments make up 63% of the General Fund budget. The General Fund has a projected $56.7 million deficit projected for the coming fiscal year.

Mayor's Proposed FY2012 Budget Presentation and FY2012 Departmental Budget Hearing Calendar

The Mayor presented his proposed FY2012 Budget to City Council on Monday, April 18, 2011, at 2 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 202 C Street.

Read the Mayor’s Proposed Budget

Each year, City departments also present to City Council their proposed budget for the following fiscal year. The hearings for the FY2012 Budget will take place between Wednesday, May 4, 2011 and Friday, May 13, 2011. The schedule of hearings can be found at the following link:

FY2012 Departmental Budget Hearing Calendar (PDF)

Photo of Councilmember Lightner at the Budget and Finance Committee Meeting

November 10, 2010 Budget & Finance Committee Meeting

Councilmember Lightner presented her suggestions for the FY2012 budget at the November 10, 2010 meeting of the City Council Budget & Finance Committee meeting.

Her full list of recommendations is included in her FY2012 Budget memorandum:

Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Budget Recommendations

At the meeting, it was announced that the Mayor would release his FY2012 budget proposal in April 2011.

October 2010 Town Hall Meetings

The Mayor is hosting a series of Budget Town Hall Meetings in each Council District throughout the month of October, 2010.

Top City officials will discuss proposed budget impacts to the City’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget. All department heads have been asked to propose significant cuts for their departments as the City looks to close a budget gap estimated at approximately $72 million.

Participants will include Chief Operating Officer Jay Goldstone, Police Chief William Lansdowne, Fire Chief Javier Mainar, Library Director Deborah Barrow, Park & Recreation Director Stacey LoMedico, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Public Works Dave Jarrell and Chief Financial Officer Mary Lewis.

Dates and Locations of Budget Town Hall Meetings (PDF)

If you are unable to attend, you can still review the presentation from the meeting using the following link:

Budget Town Hall Meeting Presentation (PDF)

We hope to see you there!

Additional Resources

City Council Budget and Finance Committee

Citizens Revenue Review and Economic Competiveness Commission

Independent Budget Analyst’s Website

IBA's Citizen's Guide to the City's Budget Process (PDF)

Financial Management Department

FY2011 Budget