Fuller picture of budget cuts coming

A fuller picture of what the latest budget woes will mean for city departments will come into focus Friday.

That is department heads’ deadlines for submitting to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s budget office their plans for cuts to solve just the current fiscal year deficit of $45 million. That would mean police would have to cut $6 million, Public Health $13 million, fire $1.7 million, Recreation and Park $1.1 million, to name a few.

But that’s not even close to the deep cuts the departments will have make so The City can close next year’s projected deficit of $522.2 million.  Newsom’s budget director Greg Wagner has advised department heads that when they submit their mid-year cuts to submit cuts of a larger amount to begin saving for next year.

The current fiscal year began July 1, after the city closed a $576 million deficit by cutting services to bone, laying off city workers and hiking fees. 

 

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