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Council meeting to establish mid-fiscal year authority

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A plan that clarifies the budgetary responsibilities of the mayor and City Council in the middle of the fiscal year will be considered at a special evening council meeting Monday.

City Charter amendments passed by voters a few years ago to establish the current form of government failed to clearly define the authority for making changes to the budget in mid-stream in case of significant changes to anticipated revenues or expenditures.

The proposed correction calls for the mayor to alert council members to such differences anytime after six months of actual data has been collected, most likely by February. The mayor will include a recommendation for action and a budget amendment resolution.

The City Council could then approve or modify the mayor's proposal, entirely or in part, as long as general fund spending is not increased by $5 million or more than 50 percent of a surplus.

The mayor would also have to notify council members in writing before making any significant reductions to services.

Council members have chafed under their limited budget authority in the current "strong mayor" form of government, and object to being unable to take part in mid-year adjustments.

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