Mayor Liccardo Releases June Budget Message
Mayor’s budget proposal recommends targeted investments in equity, supporting families in need, and recovery efforts during unprecedented economic shortfall
SAN JOSÉ, CA -- Mayor Sam Liccardo has released his June Budget Message, outlining his final recommendations and changes to the Proposed Budget for the 2020-21 fiscal year. San Jose is currently living through a formidable period in its history, faced with twin crisis of COVID-19, and homelessness, and ongoing national protests after the murder of George Floyd. Accordingly, difficult spending decisions will be decided during this year’s budget process while trying to maintain services for residents during this unprecedented economic shortfall.
- Equity and Racial Justice: After the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officers, national protests against police use of force and systemic racism have swept the nation. This year’s budget will reflect investments in facing this ongoing social divide in an equitable way.
- Improving Digital Inclusion: Allocate $3.5 million of our CARES Act funding for an innovative partnership to provide 11,000 students with hotspots this fall in support of distance learning needs during the health crisis
- Creating the Office of Racial Equity: Allocate $200,000 paired with grant funding of $100,000 from Silicon Valley Community Foundation over two years to establish a new office within the City Manager's Office
- Reviewing Police Use of Force: Reallocate $150,000 from the SJPD’s overtime to the IPA to coordinate this review, engage the community, and report back to the City Council on findings and recommendations for meaningful improvements to our practices.
- Investigating Less-than-Lethal Use of Force: Allocate spending from the SJPD budget to work with experts to explore emerging less-than-lethal options to reduce the need to rely on batons, projectiles or firearms
- Expanding the IPA Authority and Scope: Explore options to expand the scope of the IPA to include comprehensive investigation of complaints
- Supporting Our Families In Need:
- Families in Distress: Allocate $7 million of CARES Act funds for struggling high-need families, prioritizing families (including undocumented residents) unable to get access to federal funds.
- Child Care: Allocate $1.5 million from our CARES Act funds for loans and grants to home-based and small childcare providers, with the condition that these businesses continue to actively provide service to families.
- Supporting Our Economic Recovery:
- San Jose Viva Al Fresco: Combine existing funding from VTA Measure B and the County with CARES Act funding for a robust outdoor program that will assist small businesses and activate our public spaces.
- Silicon Valley Recovery Roundtable (SVRR): Allocate one-time funding to support the critical work of SVRR most directly affecting the City’s planning for the San Jose economy.
- The City Manager’s Proposed Operating Budget andProposed Capital Budget released in May
- The Mayor’s June Budget Message, outlining his final recommendations to the proposed budget.