San Diego approves 2018-2019 budget

June 18, 2018 by  

The San Diego City Council recently adopted a city budget for the year beginning July 1, 2018. Among its provisions, the budget increases spending for infrastructure projects to the highest it’s ever been, raises salaries of city employees, and earmarks funds to fight illegal dumping, as well as homelessness. It also provides money to train new lifeguards and speed up the hiring of police officers. Even though the budget is ambitious, the council managed to avoid making cuts to many of the city’s programs.

The biggest increase comes for infrastructure projects including building upgrades, improving sidewalks, repair streets, and taking on projects in the city’s parks. The budget for capital improvements would be over $550 million, an increase of $105 million over the current budget, and more than three times the city’s budget for similar work just five years ago.

Kevin Faulconer, San Diego’s mayor, said the budget puts neighborhoods first, and is another down payment on the future of the city. He went on to thank the city council for its support of the budget, which he says will enable the city to continue fixing its streets, helping people to move into stable housing, hire more police, and keep the city’s recreation centers and libraries open.

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