Young, Alvarez unveil budget proposal

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Two San Diego City Council members unveiled proposals Tuesday they said would save taxpayers nearly $47 million in the fiscal year starting in July.

Council President Tony Young and colleague David Alvarez, offering ways to cut next year's projected budget deficit of $56.7 million, suggested:

— getting rid of cellular phones for non-emergency personnel,
— reducing supplies and contracts by 7 percent,
— ending commercial trash pickup,
— selling under-used assets
— eliminating 125 vacant positions.

The plan borrows from other proposals already floated to solve the city's budget woes by Councilman Carl DeMaio and a citizen's task force that pegs budget deficit for next year at $130 million, among others.

“I am pleased that many of the items result in savings beyond fiscal year 2012, which could lower our budget deficits over the next five years and projects a surplus by 2015,” Young said. “Further, incorporating this savings plan into the 2012 budget would result in no reduction in services to the public.”

The councilmen said they would not have to go through the “meet and confer” process with municipal employee unions before adopting the provisions.

A copy of the plan was sent to Mayor Jerry Sanders, who is expected to release his budget proposal next month.

The spending cuts may be discussed about 2 p.m. at the City Council meeting.

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