San Francisco approves $5.7 billion budget
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
July 19, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The budget for fiscal year 2006-2007
was passed unanimously on the first reading yesterday at the San
Francisco Board of Supervisors meeting.
The approximately $5.7 billion budget is the largest in the city's
history. Approximately $2.7 billion of that money is from the
During the month of June, the supervisors re-arranged about $52
million from the mayor's initial version of the budget, both by
making cuts and by obtaining updated information on expected revenues,
according to city Controller Ed Harrington.
"This is the people's budget, and I think it's worthy of
(the supervisors' support)" said Supervisor Chris Daly, the
chairman of the budget and finance committee, before the vote
This year's budget is a "skillful document" that addresses
some of the unmet needs of the city's residents, such as violence
prevention programs, health care services, and youth programs,
according to Supervisor Bevan Dufty.
The budget committee may have had an easier time crafting the
budget this year because of a brighter fiscal picture than in
past years, but hard decisions still had to be made, said Supervisor
The supervisors will vote a second time on the budget before
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