A San Francisco Board of Supervisors committee today approved the majority of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s $45 million package of mid-year budget cuts and new revenue measures, but restored about $1.3 million in health services.
The full board will now consider the package, which included steep cuts from the public health and human services departments, and from police, sheriff’s and fire services.
About $8.5 million of the $45 million are new revenue projections.
No layoffs are planned in the current round of cuts, but Newsom has warned the city is facing another $500 million deficit in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
“Closing $45 million is no easy task,” budget committee chair Supervisor John Avalos conceded today. He thanked the mayor for keeping most of the board’s budgetary add-backs from last year intact.
Avalos and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi approved the budget ordinance after voting to restore $450,000 for two substance abuse programs; $408,000 for San Francisco General Hospital acute inpatient services; and nearly $350,000 for the Trauma Recovery Center, which provides services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and other violent crime.
Avalos called the Trauma Recovery Center, which serves about 750 people each year “a vital institution.”
Other restorations included $81,000 for the Department on the Status of Women and $12,000 toward the salaries of San Francisco General Hospital workers who transport patients.
The ordinance will come before the full board on Tuesday.