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Mayor's FY 2013-14 Budget Message
With the City of San Jose’s fiscal condition improving thanks to savings from Fiscal Reforms, the City of San Jose entered the FY 2013-14 budget cycle poised to avoid service cuts for the second year in a row and with a limited amount of funding available to improve key services. As a result, Mayor Reed recommended using these limited funds to address the community's top priority: enhancing public safety. 

In both his March Budget Message and June Budget Message, Mayor Reed recommended a number of measures to improve public safety services, such as:

  • Allocating additional funding for police officer recruitment and training in order to: fill each of the upcoming academies with 60 recruits, implement a “hire-ahead” program in FY 2014-15, and continue exploring strategies to accelerate the hiring of new officers.
  • Creating 21 new Community Service Officer positions to assist with non-emergency calls and field crime reports, thereby increasing capacity for sworn officers to respond to priority calls.
  • Providing an additional $4 million in police overtime funds (as a stop-gap measure while new officers are being hired and trained) to backfill for patrol and investigation vacancies, and maintain targeted enforcement of high crime activity.
  • Adding $3 million over the next two years for gang prevention and suppression efforts, and partially restoring the truancy abatement and suppression program.
  • Opening the South San Jose Substation to decrease the amount of time officers spend commuting to/from headquarters, maximizing proactive patrol time.
  • Retaining 49 firefighters whose salaries were previously underwritten with federal grants, and purchasing cardiac monitors/defibrillator units for front-line fire apparatus
  • Providing one-time funds over a two-year period to address concerns about homeless encampments, which includes hiring four additional park rangers, and explore long-term homeless strategies.
  • Allocating $1.7 million over two years for neighborhood traffic calming efforts.

Mayor Reed also recommended setting aside some of the limited funds available for modest pay increases to help retain talented and experienced city employees (contingent on the outcome of labor negotiations). This includes $16.4 million over the next two years for police officer compensation, which would cover the City’s latest offer to police officers: a 5% wage increase over the next two years and a 4% one-time retention bonus in 2015.

Furthermore, the budget proposal recommended holding back some funds to protect against remaining uncertainties in this year’s budget (including $20 million that is contingent on retirement reforms being challenged in court) and to help address the projected deficit for FY 2014-15.

The City Council approved all of these recommendations in the final budget adopted in June 2013.

Despite this improved outlook, San José still faces a number of long-term fiscal challenges. Numerous lawsuits have been filed to block all of the city’s retirement reforms, jeopardizing $68 million in General Fund savings that could be used to restore services. In addition, the City currently has a $900 million backlog of deferred maintenance and infrastructure projects, and needs tens-of-millions of dollars more in annual funding to restore core services to January 2011 levels (which was the goal set in the Fiscal Reform Plan).

As a result, Mayor Reed has reiterated his call to continue implementing the rest of the Fiscal Reform Plan.

Mayor Reed's FY 2013-14 Budget Documents

    City Manager's FY 2013-14 Budget Documents

    Other relevant budget documents can be found on the City Manager's Budget Office website. 

    Councilmembers' FY 2013-14 Budget Recommendations

    Each spring, Councilmembers have the opportunity to submit their budget recommendations (also referred to as "budget documents" or "BDs") to Mayor Reed prior to the release of his June Budget Message. Councilmembers are required to identify a funding source to offset the proposed costs of their requests. 

    View the Budget Document log and Councilmembers' Budget Recommendations.