Budget Passes First Reading June 19, 2002
The Board of Supervisors Budget Committee in its June 19, 2002 meeting has tentatively approved the budget as submitted by the Mayor"s office. In order to reduce a large backlog created in part by litigation around Proposition H as well as hiring new staff and filling vacancies to handle the myriad new laws the department has taken on.
Supervisor Peskin did indicate that he would be proposing an amendment to the fee legislation submitted by the department. The amount proposed to fund the budget, $27 per apartment unit and $13.50 per residential hotel room, will remain the same but the amendment would have landlords pay the amount of the increase-$11 and $5.50 respectively. The increase will sunset after two years, by which time the backlog should be eliminated and the temporary positions can be deleted. It is unknown at this time when the legislation will be heard.