It’s down to the wire for San Francisco’s budget 

click to enlarge The Budget and Finance Committee makes its final decision on how to allocate The City’s money, sifting through requests from various entities. - S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • The Budget and Finance Committee makes its final decision on how to allocate The City’s money, sifting through requests from various entities.

After spending the past two weeks reviewing and making cuts to Mayor Ed Lee’s proposed $7.3 billion city budget, the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee will decide today how to allocate millions of dollars.

While the committee will have in excess of $10 million in its pot to dole out — from a combination of cuts and unexpected revenue — various interests have made $57 million worth of funding requests.

Requests include more money for services hit hard by state funding cuts such as child care, homeless shelters or those living with HIV/AIDS. State funding cuts to child care dealt a $7.5 million blow to such services in San Francisco.

Nonprofits that contract with The City are seeking an additional 2 percent cost-of-living increase, which would total about $8 million, on top of the 1 percent increase that was included in Lee’s budget submission.

Supervisors are pushing for funding for their specific priorities. Supervisor John Avalos supports the increase for nonprofits because he said they provide important city services, and these workers have not received raises in years while rents and other expenses have only skyrocketed.

Avalos also is seeking money to fund job training programs in the neighborhoods he represents, the Excelsior and Outer Mission.

Supervisor Scott Wiener wants to allocate $1.6 million to hire additional gardeners and park patrols in the Recreation and Park Department along with an additional cleanup crew for the Department of Public Works.

The five-member committee, chaired by Supervisor Carmen Chu, meets today at 1 p.m. at City Hall and then is expected to recess as the supervisors negotiate among themselves, with the Mayor’s Office and groups competing for the pot of money. In past years, negotiations have run late into the night.

Once approved by the committee, the proposed budget will go before the full Board of Supervisors, when more changes could be made before it is adopted.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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