SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The city of San Diego is not balancing its budget on the backs of speeding drivers, according to a report delivered Wednesday to the City Council's Budget and Finance Committee.
According to the Office of Financial Management, revenues from traffic citations and alarm permit fees are projected to end the fiscal year June 30 about 5 percent lower than expected. That would be $37.2 million of income from tickets and new alarms, or $1.8 million below what city officials budgeted.
The report was delivered by Mark Leonard, the financial management director for the city.
"I think probably all the council members get stopped and asked why we're ticketing people more often to try to fill our budget deficit," a laughing Councilman Todd Gloria, who chairs the committee, told Leonard. "What you're telling me is that's not quite hitting the mark, so I can share that with the public. It can pass a fact-check."
City income from fees across all departments is projected to be $11.2 million below what was forecast for the fiscal year, but will be largely offset by increases in sales and hotel room taxes, Leonard said.
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