Frequently Asked Questions

What is OneSF?
OneSF represents a new way of thinking about City infrastructure needs from a more strategic, citywide, and transparent perspective.  It is the result of five years of planning, documenting, prioritizing, and leveraging scarce resources toward the creation of a safer San Francisco.  OneSF is part of Citywide Capital Planning.

How do I report a problem?
Maintenance requests, for issues from potholes to public restrooms to water service, can be resolved by contacting 311.

How do I make a suggestion or recommend improvements?
Please visit the contact us page for information on who to contact.

How do I request a a hearing or visual accommodation for an upcoming Capital Planning Committee meeting?
While Capital Planning Committee meetings are not generally amplified, assistive listening devices are available upon request. Agendas are also available in large print and Braille or alternative formats upon request. Please make your requests for large print, Braille, assistive listening devices, or additional accommodations to Nishad Joshi at 415-558-5997 or nishad.joshi@sfgov.org .  Requesting accommodations at least 72 hours prior to the meeting will help to ensure availability.

How do you prioritize projects?
Click here to see our key funding principles.

Why do you use bonds and debt?
Much like a family buying a house, major capital improvements typically exceed the City’s ability to pay with annual operating funds.  Given the long useful lives of a new hospital or park improvement, the use of debt financing (whether a voter-approved bond or a City-issued financing) serves to spread out the financial burden between current and future generations that will both receive their benefits. Click here to learn more about our major programs and how we limit our debt.

Will General Obligation Bonds raise my property tax rate?
No. The Capital Plan only recommends new General Obligation bonds when existing debt is retired and/or the property tax base grows.  A strong and consistent financial constraint of the Capital Plan has always been to deliver benefits to residents without increasing long-term property tax rates above 2006 levels. Click here to learn more about our major programs and how we limit their financial impact on the City and property owners.

Isn’t the City already in significant debt?
No. The City Charter limits the amount of General Obligation debt the City can issue (the limit is 3% of the net assessed valuation of private property).  Not only is this limit stricter than State law but the City has never exercised even half of this capacity.  This conservative constraint is one reason why the City maintains a strong rating from the credit rating agencies.
Click here to learn more about our major programs and how we limit our debt.

Where can I find more detailed information on projects and programs?
The current Capital Plan provides information on major planned projects and programs over the next 10 years.  The Capital Budget lists projects and programs funded in the current fiscal year.  You can also contact us for more information.

What are the key dates and deadlines?
Planning is an ongoing process and different programs have different deadlines.  If you’re interested in a particular area, the contact us page provides links to various departmental resources.

For the Capital Plan itself, a draft version is issued in January and the City Administrator submits a proposed version to the Mayor and Board by March 1st of each year.  The Mayor and Board must then adopt a final version by resolution by May 1st of each year.  The adopted Plan guides funding decisions for the annual capital budget — capital budget requests must tie to a program of the Capital Plan.    The Mayor proposes the budget by June 1st and the Board amends and adopts the Budget by August 1st.

What if my question isn’t answered here?
Please visit the contact us page or email the webmaster.