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San Diego Budget

Why is the budget important?

The budget is a moral document, it’s a statement of values. What the City of San Diego decides to fund reflects the values of those who set the budget.

For too long we’ve been told that we don’t have enough money but this is not true, the budget is about priorities. The budget reflect community needs and advance equity and racial justice. We’re fighting for a community led budget and transparency about how the City of San Diego spends public money.

City of San Diego Key Budget Dates

January 14, 2022
February 14, 2022
April 15, 2022
April 29, 2022
May 4 - May 10, 2022
May 4 & May 16, 2022
May 17, 2022
May 27, 2022
June 8, 2022
June 13, 2022

Key People


  • The Mayor of the City of San Diego has a lot of power. The Mayor creates the proposed budget and can veto any changes the City Council makes to the budget.

City Council President

  • The City Council President decides what is docketed in the San Diego City Council hearings.

City Council

  • The San Diego City Council votes on the budget and policies. The City Council also has the power to override a veto by the Mayor. To override a mayoral veto 6 of the 9 Councilmembers must vote together.

Independent Budget Analyst (IBA)

  • The IBA of the City of San Diego analyses the proposed, adopted budget and priority memos from the councilmembers. The IBA analysis provides a summary of the budgets and is a good place to start to see what has been included or left out of the budget.

What's in the City of San Diego Budget?

What's in the County of San Diego Budget?

Written by CPI San Diego