Faulconer's budget invests $633 million toward streets, parks, water system

Posted at 5:32 PM, May 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-01 20:36:15-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Mayor Kevin Faulconer detailed his plan to bolster San Diego's infrastructure in a proposed budget Tuesday.

The plan calls for a total of about $633 million in investments into the city's streets, parks, and water system — among other improvements. The investment in infrastructure is the largest in San Diego's history, according to the mayor's office.

The investments are part of the mayor's proposed $3.8 billion budget, which City Council leaders are set to adopt at a June 11 meeting.

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"After decades of neglect, we have a lot more to do, which is why I’m focused on fixing more streets, building more parks and making more neighborhood upgrades than ever before," Faulconer said in a release. "We also need to invest in aging buildings like those in Balboa Park so they stand the test of time and that’s exactly what this budget will do."

Here's a look at some of the financial commitments the mayor's plan proposes:

Pure Water: Among the commitments is a $121 million investment into Pure Water San Diego to create an independent, drought-proof local water supply for San Diego. That project is expected to break ground in 2019.

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Balboa Park & fire stations: Also on the docket are $101 million in repairs for local libraries, fire stations, lifeguard stations, and recreation centers. The funds will also see new roofing installed for Balboa Park's Mingei International Museum and Air & Space Museum.

Transportation: The plan puts $108 million toward transportation projects which consist of road paving, traffic signals, sidewalk improvements, and bridges. This includes funding to fix about 390 miles of streets.

Parks & Rec: Mission Bay Park, Chollas Lake, Hickman Field Athletic Area, and Skyline Hills Community Park will see $16.5 million in park upgrades, including new lighting, trail realignments, and ADA improvements.

Water system: Faulconer's proposal also includes $17.6 million for stormwater upgrades to channels, pumps, storm drain pipes, and watersheds.

Faulconer's entire proposed budget can be viewed on the city's website.