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December 2009

Seeking solutions to San Diego’s budget crisis, CPI explores the city’s expenditures for service contracts.

This research brief analyzes the General Fund expenditures on Supplies and Services by the City of San Diego during the past five budget cycles for fiscal years 2006 through 2010.

More than half of the City’s total $3 billion budget and about a quarter of the General Fund consists of Supplies and Services expenditures. During the past five budget cycles, the Supplies and Services budget in the General Fund has more than doubled, increasing more than three times the average annual growth rate of the general fund.

Of the quarter-billion dollar increase in General Fund expenditures between FY2006 and FY2010, over $144 million went to increases in Supplies and Services and $97 million went to personnel, including wages and benefits.