A relatively calm budget process this year was brought to an official close Tuesday when the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved Mayor Ed Lee's $7.9 billion budget.
Led by Supervisor Mark Farrell, the board's Budget and Finance Committee made $25 million in changes to the spending plan after Lee submitted it. Those changes restored all federal cuts to HIV/AIDS services, added six gardeners to public parks, opened a new clubhouse in each of the 11 supervisorial districts and added millions of dollars to homeless services and workforce training programs.
"We were able to find savings and add services while still adding a record amount of funds into our city's budget reserves to protect against the next economic downturn," Farrell said.
A booming technology industry translated into higher-than-expected tax revenue, making it possible to avoid the large budget cuts of years past.
The budget, for the fiscal year that began July 1, was praised by both the more moderate and more liberal supervisors.