Monday, December 11, 2017 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer’s reforms to “repair the repair program” by streamlining infrastructure improvement projects continue to create major efficiencies with a new report showing those reforms have provided more than $380 million for neighborhood upgrades and priorities over the past two-and-a-half years.
“We’re cutting red tape, managing city finances more efficiently and putting your tax dollars to work in San Diego’s neighborhoods,” Mayor Faulconer said. “These reforms have allowed us to fix streets and improve our neighborhoods faster and more efficiently while at the same time making sure those investments are made in every community.”
The report from the City’s Financial Management Department shows that an additional $100 million is now available for dozens of neighborhood priority projects thanks to “repair the repair program” reforms proposed by Mayor Faulconer and approved by the City Council. That continues the momentum built over the past couple years when similar reports identified nearly $288 million provided by the reforms.
The Fiscal Year 2018 Capital Improvements Mid-Year Budget Monitoring Report identifies projects that have excess cash that can be redistributed to other priority projects in need of funding, such as parks, fire stations, sidewalk repair, street resurfacing and water projects. A full list of funded projects is included in the report.
The City Council approved transferring savings from completed projects, projects that are under budget, projects that don’t use a contingency set aside for cost overruns, and projects that do not require large amounts of cash until later fiscal years.
“Today’s action alone has saved an estimated 415 staff hours by combining numerous time-consuming authorizations,” said Council President Pro Tem Mark Kersey, Chair of the City’s first-ever Infrastructure Committee. “I remain strongly committed to streamlining bureaucratic red tape, because as this item shows, saved time and resources can be reinvested back into our neighborhoods for projects like sidewalk improvements and road repairs.”
Improving the management of City funds is one of the 20 reforms to the infrastructure program Mayor Faulconer introduced in March 2015. The reforms focus on technology to increase efficiency, reducing bureaucracy and providing better financial oversight so taxpayer dollars are used more efficiently.
The reforms implemented include online bidding for construction projects, a change that has helped reduce the contract procurement process for capital projects by weeks, and tripling the size of contracts to increase the capacity and award many more construction contracts.
The most recent report identified cash from the following sources:
- $66 million from unused funds in City accounts
- $34 million from reallocations between existing projects
The new report was presented to the City Council today.
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