Tuesday, April 17, 2018

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced his budget proposal on April 12, 2018 in which he allocated $14.5 million for the arts. Though it is a two percent reduction, the city faces a $49 million budget deficit, and the decrease in arts funding is in line with other city departments. The mayor's proposal stands in stark contrast to his proposed spending plan last year, in which he proposed to cut city arts funding by $4.7 million—a 31 percent decrease—that drew protests from San Diego’s arts and cultural community. For next steps, the San Diego City Council will hold all-day public hearings for each department’s proposed budget in May 2018.

Alan Ziter, who is the co-chair of the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition, commented, “Our message to the council will be to support the mayor’s budget. Knowing all of the background discussion leading up to the budget, there was the potential for as much as another 31 percent proposed cut, so to see what I would call a fair share 2 percent cut is a relief.”

Photo: Mayor Faulconer's News Room

Source Name: 
Times of San Diego
Author Name: 
Toni McAllister