There was a split on the Board of Supervisors Tuesday over whether to allocate $1.3 million into San Francisco’s public financing program, which is a program where tax dollars are used to help candidates pay for their campaigns when running for mayor or supervisors if they agree to spending limits.
In a 6-5 vote the money was dumped into the public-financing program. Supervisors Carmen Chu, Sean Elsbernd, Malia Cohen, Scott Wiener and Mark Farrell opposed the allocation. Chu said there was no need to put money into the program, and said The City is facing significant cuts. San Francisco has a deficit of $380 million projected for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
The money comes from The City’s general fund reserve.
Supporters said the allocation is necessary to adequately fund the program, not only for the November’s mayoral race but also in the following year’s supervisor races.