Mayor Ed Lee announces $9.6B budget focusing on safety, cleanliness and homeless
San Francisco is poised to expand homeless services, increase its police force and spruce up neighborhoods under the proposed city budget announced by Mayor Ed Lee on Tuesday.
The promise of more city services comes in a budget that grows by $700 million — up from $8.9 billion — to total $9.6 billion for the 2016-17 fiscal year beginning July 1.
Lee has faced criticism in recent months for what has been seen as a failure to adequately address both The City’s homeless needs and a troubled Police Department in need of reform. The mayor’s proposed budget attempts to address those concerns, as well as the ongoing housing crisis that began under his watch five years ago.
“Our city is facing challenges,” Lee said at City Hall on Tuesday morning when introducing his budget proposal before department heads and six of the 11 Board of Supervisors members. “We can’t deny that.