San Diego - After unanimous City Council approval of his One San Diego budget proposal on Monday, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer signed his fiscal year 2016 budget into law, expanding neighborhood services and creating opportunities for all San Diego residents. Mayor Faulconer signed the budget on a freshly repaired street in Mira Mesa.
Mayor Faulconer said, "This budget brings better streets, improved parks and infrastructure repairs to neighborhoods across San Diego We're taking the financial savings from years of fiscal reforms and using it to improve every community. This balanced budget is opportunity realized and One San Diego in action."
Council President Sherri Lightner said, "This is truly the best budget we have seen in years. The Council can take pride in approving a final budget that responsibly restores public safety and neighborhood services, and funds additional infrastructure projects. Meanwhile, not only are we fully funding our reserves, but we are also setting aside over $15 million in excess of those reserves for any unanticipated needs that may arise throughout the year."
Councilmember Myrtle Cole said, "This adopted budget will help with revitalizing our neighborhoods. I know that we have a lot more work to do to ensure that our neighborhoods are safe and livable but I feel really good today that this budget is a step in the right direction."
Councilmember Mark Kersey said, "These investments in our neighborhoods will help make San Diego safer, stronger and improve our overall quality of life. By making infrastructure a top priority, the 2016 budget is proof that the City is capable of wisely investing tax dollars to rebuild San Diego today and for future generations."
Councilmember Chris Cate said, "I proudly voted yes to approve the Fiscal Year 2016 budget, a commitment from our City for safer and revitalized neighborhoods. I applaud Mayor Faulconer, City staff and my council colleagues for supporting a budget that will increase library and recreation center hours, improve our City's infrastructure, hire public safety officials, fund community plan updates and boost services city-wide. I look forward to future discussions of using additional one-time resources to establish a Pension Stabilization Trust and fund other reserves that are vital in ensuring the City's financial health for the future."
The City of San Diego fiscal year 2016 budget follows through on Mayor Faulconer's pledge to make streets and infrastructure a top priority. The $3.2 billion proposal includes funding to fix hundreds of miles of streets, improve sidewalks and streetlights, add operating hours for recreation centers and libraries, upgrades for parks and playgrounds in neighborhoods across the city and much more.
Key initiatives in the City of San Diego fiscal year 2016 adopted budget include:
- More than 300 miles of street repair - double the amount repaired annually when Mayor Faulconer first took office, bolstering his pledge to repair 1,000 miles of streets over the next 5 years.
- More than 50 percent of major revenue growth dedicated to infrastructure and neighborhood repair efforts.
- Fully funding annual pension payment and maintaining targets for reserve funds.
- Setting aside money for a new pension payment reserve.
- Boosting funding for sidewalk and streetlight improvements.
- Park and playground improvements in every City Council district.
- Increasing operating hours by 33 percent in 36 recreation centers.
- Increasing Saturday hours in 23 branch libraries and the Central Library.
- Expanding existing afterschool and youth jobs programs.
- Tripling internet speeds at branch libraries.
- Funding for four police academies and new police contract to recruit and retain officers.
- Adding an additional fire-rescue "fast response squad" to improve emergency response times.
- Additional funding for arts and culture.
- Resources to create a new San Diego film office.
- Enhancements to government transparency and open data initiatives.
- Additional code compliance officers to target slumlords and shutdown illegal medical marijuana dispensaries.
- Expanding programs to provide safe and fun summer activities for teens.
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