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SD Chief Operating Officer’s Memo Claims That City Has Made “Significant Reductions”

I’m curious to know how Jay Goldstone, the Chief Operating Officer of the City of San Diego, can state that the city has had “four years of significant budget reductions.”

This quote is taken from a memo that went around to city department heads on Monday.  Full memo can be found here (quote is in first paragraph).

Below are financial figures for the city by departments over the course of 2003 to 2009.  A few occasional departments show a sporadic reductions, but one doesn’t have to be financial wizard to recognize that they general trend is clearly increased spending year over year.  Such inaccurate language from someone so high up in the private sector would end their career.

$ amounts are in thousands.
SOURCE: City of San Diego, Consolidated Annual Financial Reports FY2003 – FY2009

General Government and Support
2001-02 $181,722
2002-03 $204,072
2003-04 $221,752
2004-05 $247,038
2005-06 $252,295
2006-07 $270,190
2007-08 $322,157
2008-09 $303,581

Public Safety – Police
2001-02 $298,176
2002-03 $334,461
2003-04 $361,501
2004-05 $372,230
2005-06 $370,990
2006-07 $376,581
2007-08 $382,907
2008-09 $418,549

Public Safety – Fire and Rescue
2001-02 $139,699
2002-03 $147,897
2003-04 $173,311
2004-05 $186,203
2005-06 $194,074
2006-07 $209,902
2007-08 $204,822
2008-09 $220,787

Parks and Recreation
2001-02 $181,762
2002-03 $202,567
2003-04 $204,736
2004-05 $218,601
2005-06 $237,375
2006-07 $229,500
2007-08 $231,955
2008-09 $258,038

Transportation
2001-02 $153,002
2002-03 $154,603
2003-04 $197,152
2004-05 $220,095
2005-06 $200,883
2006-07 $272,780
2007-08 $212,255
2008-09 $239,305

Sanitation and Health
2001-02 $57,227
2002-03 $37,615
2003-04 $44,925
2004-05 $45,088
2005-06 $48,774
2006-07 $43,780
2007-08 $51,772
2008-09 $77,447

Neighborhood Services
2001-02 $116,397
2002-03 $95,267
2003-04 $100,568
2004-05 $89,162
2005-06 $111,886
2006-07 $99,870
2007-08 $91,110
2008-09 $116,735

Interest on Long Term Debt
2001-02 $59,952
2002-03 $68,410
2003-04 $71,588
2004-05 $73,381
2005-06 $71,109
2006-07 $84,920
2007-08 $82,211
2008-09 $84,070

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