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San Diego City Council to Adopt 2011 Fiscal Appropriations Ordinance
The San Diego City Council is scheduled to approve the 2011 Fiscal Appropriations Ordinance today. The move comes as the City Council prepares to ask residents for a half-cent sales tax increase as a November ballot issue.
City Council members recently shelved a proposal to forgive $288 million in loans and interest to its Redevelopment Agency, but are now looking at building a new City Hall building at a cost of $293 million without including debt servicing. The City, short on funds, requires private donors and the inclusion of a charter high school to carry a major portion of financing for another major construction project, the new central library.
The recent City Council action to involve voters in critical spending decisions provides an unusual context to the civil suit by former City employee Scott Kessler against the City of San Diego for wrongful eviction from City employment. Trial in that matter is set to begin in the middle of October, only weeks before the election.
In a ringing endorsement of SAP's OneSD business tracking software, San Diego's Independent Budget Analyst announced that despite OneSD's initial roll-out in 2009, the IBA has yet to actually use the system with the City's chief financial officer, but plans to do so "over the summer." Hopefully, the IBA statement does not indicate a problem integrating City accounting at the highest levels, but a lack of IBA/CFO coordination with the accounting system now in place may raise questions about the effectiveness of IBA review of City finances and operating structure. At the same time, the obvious conclusion is that SAP's rather expensive OneSD system had no role in the IBA assessment of the Fiscal Appropriations Ordinance set for approval later today.
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