Message from Budget Committee Chair: Supervisor Mark Farrell
This year marks my fourth year as Chair of the Budget & Finance Committee. My goal last year was to develop a consensus budget with my colleagues to create a budget we could all support. We did just that and I am confident we can repeat our success this year. This year I am joined by Supervisor Katy Tang, serving as Vice-Chair and Supervisor Norman Yee. Supervisors Kim and Wiener will join the committee as temporary members on March 2, 2016, as the committee begins its hearings on the City’s budget.
Like last year, I will be working with our city departments, community members and organizations, and the Mayor’s Budget Office to develop a balanced budget for fiscal years (FY) 2016-17 and 2017-18.
This year the Mayor’s Budget Office, Controller’s Office and the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s Office are projecting a $99.8 million General Fund shortfall for FY 2016-17 and a $240.2 million shortfall for FY 2017-18, based on current operations, staffing levels and estimated revenues. This projection may change depending on a number of things including the economy, current year overspending or supplemental appropriations. In the Mayor’s Budget Instructions to Department Heads on December 1, 2015, he asked all departments to provide proposals to reduce their General Fund support by 1.5% for both fiscal years.
Last year I led the charge on the consensus deal that was unanimously passed by the Committee that found over $40 million in budget savings with over $25 million for FY 2015-16, and over $15 million for FY 2016-17.
With the additional savings, the Budget and Finance Committee was able to:
- Secure over $3 million for homeless housing and services for families, seniors, single adults, and transitional-aged youth.
- Secure over $2 million for family and childcare services, as well as early-education support.
- Secure over $1 million to address food security needs for families and seniors.
- Secure over $2 million for workforce development programs to help train city residents for meaningful careers.
- Secure funds to maintain public safety, including additional neighborhood prosecutors and support for the Fire Department’s arson unit.
- Secure funds for the further implementation Vision Zero.
- Secure funds for senior, LGBT, TAY, and at-risk youth specific services.
- Secure funds for immigrants’ services and representation.
- Secure funds for maintain and improving the City’s urban forest.
This website will provide information to guide you through the budget process, including public input opportunities at Board of Supervisors’ meetings, department budget presentations and reports from the Budget & Legislative Analyst’s Office. As always, please feel free to contact my office as well.