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Fiscal Year 2018 One San Diego Proposed Budget Fact Sheet

OVERVIEW OF PROGRESS UNDER MAYOR FAULCONER

 We’ve made so much progress over the past three years to invest in all of our neighborhoods, and this budget plan keeps the focus on key services the City Council and I have worked hard to restore.” Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer

Record levels of street repair

  • Ahead of schedule to meet Mayor Faulconer’s five-year goal of fixing 1,000 miles of streets
  • As of March 31, 384 miles have been repaired in first 21 months of the pledge
  • In 2016, an independent assessment of San Diego’s street network showed the overall condition index of City streets has risen to 72 on a scale of 0 (lowest) to 100 (highest) – an improvement of more than 20 percent since the last assessment in 2011
  • San Diego’s streets are now in better condition than other major California cities, including Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose

Most Capital Improvement Funding This Decade

  • More than $1 billion for infrastructure projects in Mayor Faulconer’s first three budgets (FY2015-FY2017)
  • The annual Capital Improvements Program budget has more than doubled – 249% – in FY2018 compared to FY2014, the year Mayor Faulconer took office
  • Provides funding for infrastructure projects in several departments, including Public Utilities, Transportation & Storm Water and Park & Recreation

Library and Recreation Center Hours Remain at Highest Point in a Decade

  • Keeps vast majority of recreation centers open 60 hours a week, compared to 40 hours a week for most rec centers a decade ago
  • Total weekly library hours have increased by 17% since Mayor Faulconer took office
  • Maintains additional evening and weekend hours at the Central Library and branch libraries

FY2018 HIGHLIGHTS

Infrastructure & Streets Investments

  • Projected to fix 349 miles of streets, $71M
  • Largest Capital Improvements Program this decade, $445M (a $24M increase from last year)
  • Moving forward on the innovative Pure Water recycling program, $74.1M
  • Keeps Mayor Faulconer’s ongoing pledge to dedicate at least 50% of new revenue toward neighborhoods and infrastructure for fourth straight year – a promise now codified by voter-approved Charter Section 77.1 in 2016
  • More than half of new major General Fund revenue ($18.1M of $33.6M), spurred by San Diego’s growing economy for infrastructure improvements
    • Road repair, $15.3M
    • Fix elevators at City Parkade, $1.5M
    • Construction of the compressed natural gas fueling station for City’s refuse collection fleet, $1.2M

Fiscally Responsible, Balanced Budget

  • $3.6B budget crafted with fiscally responsible practices
  • Fully funds annual pension payment, $324.5M ($63.4M increase from last year)
  • Projected growth in property tax revenue (5%), sales tax revenue (2.5%) and transient occupancy tax revenue (5.7%)
  • Fully funds General Fund reserves at 15% target for FY2018 by contributing $7M

Bringing Opportunity to Every Community

  • Increase in Park & Recreation staffing and maintenance for 33 acres of parkland for new parks: Franklin Ridge Pocket Park, Cesar Solis, Park de la Cruz, Wightman and Southcrest Trails, $656,000
  • Increase for Planning Department to implement housing affordability initiatives and develop first phase of the Parks Master Plan, $1.1M
  • Continued funding for year-round, indoor shelter for homeless individuals and veterans and other homeless services, $3.4M
  • Funding for November special election to modernize and expand the convention center, repair roads and reduce homelessness, $5M

Safe & Livable Neighborhoods

  • Replacement of self-contained breathing apparatus equipment for Fire-Rescue Department personnel, $2M
  • Staffing and operations for new Bayside Fire Station (opening in December), $865,000
  • Fire-Rescue Fast Response Squad for San Pasqual Valley (pilot program in FY2017), $789,000
  • Continued funding for four police academies with approximately 43 recruits each, $8.3M
  • A firefighter academy to maintain full staffing levels, $485,000

Balancing the Budget

  • Reductions to various departments through eliminating positions and non-critical services, $22.3M

    • Examples include:

      • Eliminating 59 full-time equivalent positions, $8.6M
      • Reduced contracts in Transportation & Storm Water Department with minimal service impacts, $4M
      • Fuel savings costs by using renewable diesel, $500,000
      • Reduced water consumption in Park & Recreation Department, $400,000
  • Using new Pension Payment Stabilization Reserve to help balance General Fund budget, $16M
  • Reducing Workers’ Compensation Reserve from 25% to 12%, $13.7M
  • Use of excess funds from current fiscal year, $8.3M
  • Use of Chargers’ lease termination fee to pay stadium debt service, $4.8M
  • Reduce arts and culture funding, $4.7M (funding still above FY2015 level at $10.4M)

Read the news release and view infographics.

CONTACT: Craig Gustafson at (619) 453-9880 or cgustafson@sandiego.gov

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