Board of Supervisors passes $6.6 billion 2009-10 city budget
Yesterday the Board of Supervisors passed a $6.6 billion city budget for fiscal year 2009-10 with 9 Supervisors voting in favor and 2 voting against (Supervisors Sean Elsbernd and Carmen Chu). The Board made additional changes to the budget as approved by the Budget Committee. The Committee had spent 3 months and over 200 hours of public testimony from hundreds of San Franciscans reviewing the Mayor's proposed Budget before passing a balanced city budget that did not rely on any new taxes and restored $43 million for vital social services. Supervisor John Avalos who chaired the Budget Committee stated his approach to this year's difficult budget: "Since the beginning of the budget process, I have stressed the need for a 'share the pain' budget where all City departments give back so that we can maintain a full range of vital City services. For future years, we will need more cooperation on the budget process from all stakeholders so that we are not counting on getting a few big unions to reach a balanced budget, but on getting some concessions from all City departments, agencies, and unions. I am proud of the work we have done on the Budget Committee to strike a balance with the Mayor’s office to restore the programs and services that our residents depend on without threatening public safety."
For more information about the Budget meetings pleas visit the Board of Supervisors' web site