Department heads face 30 percent cut reality

Next fiscal year the city projects a $522.2 million deficit and on Friday, departments must submit mid-year cut proposals totaling $45 million to solve the current fiscal year deficit.

But they are also advised by Mayor Gavin Newsom to incorporate in those mid-year cut proposals even larger cut proposals to start slashing to save money for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget wisdom there is that why hold off on the cut for six months, why not just realize the savings for the inevitable slashing.

After closing a $576 million deficit last year to start the current fiscal year, services were cut to the bone, fees increased and pink slips handed out.

Now department heads were ordered by Mayor Gavin Newsom to come up with 30 percent cuts to their budgets on Feb. 20.

What does 30 percent cut mean for city departments?

Here are some examples:

About $1.1 billion goes to general funded departments. The Police Department would have to cut its budget by $46.9 million, Public Health Department by $102 million,  Department of Public Works by $4.7 million, the Fire Department by $13 million, the Mayor’s Office by $1.4 million, the Recreation and Park Department by $8.9 million, the Sheriff Department by $39.6 million, to name a few.
 

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