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Council to hear public testimony on budget proposal

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego City Council will take public testimony tonight on the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer has proposed a $2.97 billion budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. It would fund increases in library hours and pay for more police and fire recruits, among other things. Funding was also made available for a temporary fire station in the Skyline neighborhood, where response times are slower than in other areas of the city.

Unlike past years when council members were faced with deciding where to reduce spending, deliberations on the budget so far have not been contentious.

"Some of you who watch us closely have noticed that we have not had a great deal of public comment at our budget hearings this year," council President Todd Gloria said at a recent media briefing. "I believe that's because we're dealing with a budget that restores services for the first time in years."

The public hearing is set for 6 p.m. at City Hall.

Faulconer is scheduled to issue revisions to the budget proposal on Tuesday and formally present them to the City Council at a special meeting Wednesday morning.

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