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.
Photo: Mayor Faulconer's News Room