Flood costs take aim at San Diego's budget
The costs of last month's catastrophic flood are now hitting the city budget.
State of play: Damage from the floods and overtime spending from the response to it are forcing the mayor and City Council to rethink their spending priorities for the year.
Why it matters: San Diego was already facing a looming structural budget deficit that is expected to exceed $1 billion over the next five years.
What's happening: The council voted Monday to add stormwater infrastructure repairs and spending for flood recovery to the formal budget priorities it sends to the mayor.
- Mayor Todd Gloria controls the city's budget, releasing a draft proposal in April for City Council consideration in June.
- In a Friday memo, Gloria said council members' priorities beyond public safety, infrastructure, homelessness and housing "do not reflect the fiscal reality the city is facing."
By the numbers: The city's five-year outlook projects a $115 million deficit in the new fiscal year and that it will exceed $200 million in the following four years.
- Gloria pegged early estimates of flood damage to public facilities at $51.1 million before accounting for unbudgeted overtime spending for city workers responding to the flood.
What they're saying: Sean Elo-Rivera, the City Council president, said flooding in southeast San Diego stemmed from structural deficits caused by the mishandling of resources.
- "Too many communities in San Diego have been neglected and abandoned and forced to survive on their own while other neighborhoods have thrived. … Are we going to start dismantling that?" Elo-Rivera said during Monday's council meeting.
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