monopoly_money.jpgThe San Francisco Board of Supervisors today gave unanimous initial approval to the city’s $6.83 billion budget for the next fiscal year.

The budget was proposed by Mayor Ed Lee in June and approved by the board’s budget committee in the early morning hours of July 1 with more than $17 million in adjustments to funding for various city departments.

Although the budget requires cuts to all city departments, it also includes funding for a police academy class in response to concerns about the need to replace retiring officers, and maintained funding for the sheriff’s department to provide security at San Francisco General Hospital and Laguna Honda Hospital, reversing a proposal by Lee to contract those services out to a private company.

Supervisor Carmen Chu, the budget committee chair, said the final product “reflects our shared values” as a city.

Several supervisors complimented Lee on overseeing a more peaceful budget negotiation process than previous years with former Mayor Gavin Newsom.

Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said the past negotiations “had a barbaric feel” to them because it led to various city departments competing against each other for funding, while Lee’s process was more inclusive.

Supervisor David Campos said, “It made a big difference to know that every concern that we’ve had would be heard out.”

The board voted 11-0 to give initial approval to the budget, and will return to finalize its approval next week.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • DT

    “Our shared values” are not mine, nor are they the values of many of my neighbors, one of whom ran for the Supes many years ago. The retired SFPD and SFFD neighbors moved out of town because they could take the lack of civic priorities no more. Their children no longer live in The City as well.

    The Supes would rather fund “Health and Human Services” whose beneficiaries are primarily non-self-supporting Illegal Aliens, Bums, the Insane, Addicts, Alcoholics, and baby mamas.

    I would rather the Supes restore funding to BASIC City Services, enjoyed by ALL, taxpayer or not, such as Muni, Street Paving, Street Lights, DPW, Parks & Rec, Libraries, Hetch Hetchy, Sewers, utility undergrounding, street trees, garbage abatement, graffiti abatement, pedestrian crossing painting, and then if money is left act as a social service agency (which should be funded by the nationality-specific communities demanding these services paid for others).

    I am a fourth generation native and the only time I have had the need for “Health and Human Services” was when Tuberculosis was going around Galileo High. SFDPH did not detect that I contracted TB, nor did the taxpayer pay a cent toward my weekly doctor visits to monitor my health, nor my one year course of INH treatment.

  • DT

    “Our shared values” are not mine, nor are they the values of many of my neighbors, one of whom ran for the Supes many years ago. The retired SFPD and SFFD neighbors moved out of town because they could take the lack of civic priorities no more. Their children no longer live in The City as well.

    The Supes would rather fund “Health and Human Services” whose beneficiaries are primarily non-self-supporting Illegal Aliens, Bums, the Insane, Addicts, Alcoholics, and baby mamas.

    I would rather the Supes restore funding to BASIC City Services, enjoyed by ALL, taxpayer or not, such as Muni, Street Paving, Street Lights, DPW, Parks & Rec, Libraries, Hetch Hetchy, Sewers, utility undergrounding, street trees, garbage abatement, graffiti abatement, pedestrian crossing painting, and then if money is left act as a social service agency (which should be funded by the nationality-specific communities demanding these services paid for others).

    I am a fourth generation native and the only time I have had the need for “Health and Human Services” was when Tuberculosis was going around Galileo High. SFDPH did not detect that I contracted TB, nor did the taxpayer pay a cent toward my weekly doctor visits to monitor my health, nor my one year course of INH treatment.