In 2006, addressing decades of underfunded infrastructure, the Mayor and Board of Supervisors approved San Francisco’s first citywide, ten-year Capital Plan. It was the first time the City family thought comprehensively about its infrastructure and started down a road to recovery. The City has since received voter approval for major seismic improvements; dramatically increased funding to its streets program; broken ground on or opened a wide range of new libraries, parks, hospitals, pipelines, transit lines and museums; and increased the funding of our state of good repair renewal needs.
The FY 2012-2021 Capital Plan continues the commitment to protecting the City’s infrastructure by increasing funding for state of good repair renewals and investing in key seismic and service enhancements.
The Capital Plan recommends projects based on the availability of funding from various sources and the relative priority of each project. Enterprise departments (such as the San Francisco International Airport and Public Utilities Commission) can meet most needs from usage fees and rate payers. However, programs that serve the general public (such as streets and fire stations) rely primarily on funding from the City’s General Fund and debt financing programs. The FY 2012-2021 Capital Plan anticipates nearly $24.8 billion in funding across all service areas and department types.
With the investments approved in the Capital Plan we will continue on the road to recovery, but the anticipated funding remains too small to meet our annual repair and renewal needs.