Budget wrangling remains cordial – for now 

As expected, supervisors on the Budget and Finance Committee requested slight amendments Wednesday to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposed $45 million in midyear cuts.

In total, the supervisors are asking to restore nearly $1.3 million for various city services. Newsom has already agreed to restore funding for one of those services, the trauma recovery center, through the end of the fiscal year, said Greg Wagner, the mayor’s budget director.

The proposed midyear cuts, which would balance the books for the current year, head to the full Board of Supervisors for a vote Tuesday.

Supervisor John Avalos, who chairs the committee, commended the mayor’s handling of the midyear cuts. Meanwhile, Wagner said the Mayor’s Office was happy the board didn’t request more changes.

But don’t expect the niceties to last very long. The City still must deal with a $500 million deficit for next fiscal year, which begins July 1, and when it comes to service cuts “everything is on the table,” Wagner said.

Including continued funding for the trauma recovery center, he said.

As we put it in today’s Examiner edition, this is the calm before what is building up to be an unprecedented storm.

“We’re going to see major, major changes,” Avalos said.

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