Newsom announces proposed 2007-2008 budget
Budget balloons to $6.1 billion
Mayor Gavin Newsom
By Matt Wynkoop
June 1, 2007
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom today released his proposed
budget for fiscal year 2007-2008 with most of the money focused
on public safety, homelessness, city streets and strengthening
the transportation system.
The record $6.1 billion budget represents a 5.5 percent increase
in spending from the $5.7 billion budget of fiscal year 2006-2007.
Reflecting what Newsom calls his highest priority - getting back
to basics - he calls for millions to be spent on paving city streets,
adding police officers, hiring San Francisco Municipal Transit
Agency drivers and combating homelessness.
The budget allocates $33 million for public safety to hire 250
new police officers, as well as money to invest in new deputy
district attorneys for increasing prosecutions of homicides, violent
crimes, domestic abuse, break-ins and cold hit cases.
Newsom's budget would double the number of homeless outreach
workers and invest $700,000 for a trial court program for addressing
low-level offenses in the Tenderloin neighborhood.
With $36.4 million allocated for street repair programs, the
budget invests $5.4 million more for street paving than last year,
which Newsom claimed would meet the city's entire repaving needs.
The budget also proposes money for 135 new Muni operator positions
and an increase of 86 new hybrid buses, as well as a $10 million
for customer service improvements that includes money for a new
More than $217 million is proposed for more than 9,000 permanent
and affordable housing developments. The $217 million includes
$79 million for homeless and permanent supportive housing, with
an additional $5 million for rebuilding public housing.
"This budget makes careful, balanced choices to invest in
our city's basic needs and infrastructure while supporting our
residents with critical services and housing,'' Newsom said today.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is expected to vote on
the proposed budget by early August. The mayor generally signs
the budget into law by mid-August.
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