On June 25, 2013 the Board of Supervisors approved the FY2013-14 & FY2014-15 two-year budget, which includes $445 million* for funding critical infrastructure for both General Fund and Enterprise departments. This includes the FY14 & FY15 budgets for General Fund Departments and the FY14 budget for enterprise departments, which are on a fixed two-year budget. The total does not include the PUC capital budget, which was passed as a supplemental ordinance rather than through the Annual Appropriation Ordinance (AAO). For a more detailed view of the two-year capital budget please refer to the General Fund Capital Budget and the Enterprise Capital Budget. Please click here for a copy of the budget presentation at the Capital Planning Committee.
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*Note: FY14 & FY15 budget amounts are subject to change until Mayor Edwin Lee signs the budget August 1, 2013.
General Fund Departments
General Fund Departments are currently on a rolling two-year budget. The FY2013-14 budget is updated from the previously adopted FY13 & FY14 budget, and the FY2014-15 budget will be revisited during the FY15 & FY16 budget cycle.
Appropriated $249M to General Fund departments with $211M coming from the City’s General Fund.
$147M invested in building maintenance & repairs and renewal of key infrastructure, including streets and right-of-way.
$21M to fully fund the ADA Transition Plan (TP) – please note that the Transition Plan does not represent the City’s full ADA investment; other ADA improvements were funded outside of the Transition Plan.
$24M for planning projects related to seismically strengthening and enhancing critical public health and justice facilities.
$19M for streets and transportation infrastructure improvements.
$38M for improvements funded through outside sources such as the Open Space Fund and various federal, state, and local sources.
FY14 & FY15 General Fund Department Summary ($249M)*
Expenditure Type,No. of Projects,Budgeted Amount ($M),Percent of Total
ADA – Facilities,10,12.7,5.1
ADA – Streets and ROW,4,8.9,3.6
Streets and ROW Renewal,12,88.2,35.5
Service Category,No. of Projects,Budgeted Amount ($M),Percent of Total
Infrastructure and Streets,34,112.3,45.1
Health and Human Services,25,29.7,11.9
Recreation Culture and Education,68,44.5,17.9
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The enterprise departments are in the middle of a fixed two-year budget covering FY2012-13 & FY2013-14.
$79.9M for critical airfield and terminal improvements.
$475.3M to support the PUC’s water, waste water and power enterprises’ capital needs.*
$14.0M to protect and enhance waterfront properties and improve Port services.
As permitted by the City Charter, enterprise departments they are allow to amend their budgets up to 5% for the second year of a fixed two-year budget. The FY2013-14 amendments are summarized below.
De-appropriated $71.0M and appropriated $55.2M for water capital improvements in FY2013-14.
De-appropriated $55.6M and appropriated $38.1M for wastewater capital improvements in FY2013-14.
De-appropriated $16.4M and appropriated $5.5M for Hetch Hetchy water and power capital improvements in FY2013-14.
Appropriated $55.0M for the water system improvement program in FY2013-14
Appropriated $3.1M for capital improvements in FY2013-14
De-appropriated $5.0M in FAA grants and appropriated $5.0M in new TSA grants in FY2013-14
Unanimously approved by the Mayor and Board of Supervisors, the FY 2014-2023 Capital Plan includes figures on the costs of maintaining our streets and right-of-way infrastructure, making seismic repairs to critical facilities, and improving parks and cultural facilities without going beyond our means. The document provides a financing plan for the City and its partner agencies to deliver $25.1 billion in infrastructure investments without raising property tax rates or overburdening the General Fund. A full list of the project appendix is available here.
While this is an “off-year” for the City’s 10-year Capital Plan, which is now produced every other year, the need to plan and improve the City’s infrastructure is on-going. With this in mind, the Capital Planning Program provided an update to the Board of Supervisor’s Budget and Finance Committee last Wednesday. The presentation covered accomplishments over the previous year, updates on planning efforts related to major General Fund supported projects and Enterprise department capital plans, and an overview of the FY 2013 budget requests. A copy of the presentation can be found here: ‘Off-Year’ Capital Plan Update
Resiliency and sustainability are words you frequently hear in San Francisco. Resiliency involves the ability and speed with which we can respond to and recover from a natural, economic or other type of disaster. Think seismic retrofits, disaster mitigation efforts, stronger building code, preserving a diverse economy and more. Sustainability, on the other hand, looks at how we manage our resources and preserve what makes San Francisco such an incredible place to live and work. Think green technology, affordable housing, alternate modes of transportation, reduction in green house gases, water conservation, etc….
On the surface, the two concepts can seem at odds: one relates to the ability to act fast and efficiently; the other refers to long-term stewardship. What you don’t hear too often is how these two concepts are inextricably linked. That was the focus of a well attended lunch time discussion sponsored by ONESF with Steve Moddemeyer of CollinsWoerman. Steve is a former planner with the City of Seattle who is now leading the global Cities of the Future effort for the International Water Association.
In his presentation, Steve shared real life examples from the United States, Asia and Europe of how resiliency and sustainability need to be considered together when planning ’cities of the future’. His examples include semi-autonomous buildings that rely on on-site renewable resources and watersheds-turned-parks, among others. These types of projects not only increase a community’s capacity to recover from sudden and long-term change, but also create beautiful space that people love. To see some very cool project examples or to learn more about Steve’s vision for planning the ‘future city’ check-out his presentation here: S. Moddemeyer Presentation – Resilience as a Framework for Sustainability
It’s smooth paving ahead! Sixty-eight percent of voters in Tuesday’s election approved the Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond (Measure B). This means that San Francisco’s street and roadway network will be getting some much needed TLC over the next several years. While the bulk of bond proceeds will be used to repave or reconstruct deteriorating streets, funds will also go towards implementing city wide pedestrian & bicycle safety improvements, increasing sidewalk accessibility, upgrading traffic signal infrastructure and strengthening bridges, overpasses and stairways. In short, all street users — regardless of their preferred mode of transportation — will be getting something.
In addition to making our city’s street network stronger, safer and more resilient, the passage of this bond assures future savings by making repairs before they become more costly. When it comes to streets, repairs can only be deferred for so long before their cost becomes significantly higher (not to mention the increase in safety issues that arise). Because many of our streets are approaching the point where repair costs jump dramatically, using bond proceeds to address deteriorating street conditions now allows the city to avoid paying up to five times the cost in the future.
An added bonus is that the Road Repaving and Street Safety bond adheres to the City’s 10-year Capital Plan policy of only issuing new bonds as old ones are paid off. That means the City will be delivering these improvements without raising the tax rate.
We’ve created a new page that focuses on our seismic projects since Loma Prieta, so check it out if you haven’t seen it. And in case you missed it, our fall newsletter is out and discusses progress on SF General Hospital, Libraries, and Neighborhood Fire Stations.
Please don’t forget to visit 72hours.org for great ideas on improving your own earthquake preparedness!