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IBA Frequently Asked Questions

When does the City of San Diego's fiscal year begin and end?

The City's fiscal year (FY) begins July 1 and ends on June 30.

What is the size of the City's budget?

The Fiscal Year 2022 Adopted Budget totals $4.6 billion and includes $1.74 billion for General Fund operations and $ 2.9 billion for the City’s Enterprise, Capital Project, and other City funds.

Where do the City's revenues come from?

General Fund Revenue is collected from the following sources:

  • Property Tax (38%)
  • Sales Tax (18%)
  • Charges for Current Services (9%)
  • Revenue from Federal Agencies and Other Revenue (1%)
  • Transient Occupancy Tax (5%)
  • Transfers from other funds (7%)
  • Franchise Fees (5%)
  • Revenue from Money and Property (4%)
  • Licenses & Permits (2%)
  • Fines, Forfeitures and Penalties (2%)
  • Property Transfer Tax (0.6%)
  • Revenue from Other Agencies (0.4%)
  • Interest Earnings (0.2%)

What does the City spend its money on?

General Fund Expenditures consist of:

  • Public Safety (Police, Fire, and Lifeguards Services) (52%)
  • Parks & Recreation (8%)
  • Citywide Programs (9%)
  • Transportation (5%)
  • City Attorney (4%)
  • Library (3%)
  • Environmental Services (3%)
  • Homelessness Strategies (1%)
  • Storm Water (3%)
  • Real Estate Assets – Facilities Services (1%)
  • Other Uses (12%)

How can I contribute input in the development of the City budget?

The City Charter requires that the Council hold public hearings before they vote to modify or adopt the Mayor's budget by the June 15th deadline. For more information, see the PDF icon Citizen's Guide to the City's Budget Process .