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Public to Prioritize Services for City Budget

(SAN DIEGO, CA) October 15 – San Diegans will get an early opportunity to weigh in with their service priorities and budget ideas at a public forum scheduled for Friday, October 16 from 7:30 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. at the LGBT Community Center, 3909 Centre Street. The breakfast event will also feature Councilmember Todd Gloria’s presentation of easy-to-understand information about the City of San Diego’s budget.

“San Diegans are going to feel the impact of the budget challenges, and I want to help educate them about our current situation and start getting their input,” said Councilmember Gloria. “A mix of efficiencies, cuts and revenues will be necessary to address our long-term issues. Now is the time to construct comprehensive remedies.”

Attendees will be asked to rank their top City service priorities for funding, offer perspective on potential service reductions and weigh in on the topic of additional revenues.

Two weeks ago, the City’s Five Year Financial Outlook projected at $179 million deficit for the next fiscal year. Other officials have suggested shortfalls closer to $200 million. The City Council Budget and Finance Committee will also hold public budget forums in the coming weeks.

The Community Coalition Breakfast will take place at The Center tomorrow, October 16, from 7:30 A.M. until 9:00 A.M. The topic of discussion will be “The City’s Budget Deficit: What does $200 million mean and how can we fix it?” The Center is located at 3909 Centre Street, 92103. For more information about this event, visit thecentersd.org/CommunityCoalitionBreakfast.php.