City budget receives committee OK in late-night session 

After a 13-hour delay, Thursday, the five-member Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee concluded its deliberations over Mayor Ed Lee’s $6.8 billion budget at 2:30 am.

“This is the culmination of a very long budget process,” committee chair Supervisor Carmen Chu said when the committee began its postponed 1 p.m. meeting later that night at 1:55 a.m.

The committee made a total of $17.31 million changes to the budget, a pot of money from budget cuts and unexpected sales tax revenue. The committee used $3.10 million to eliminate the controversial proposal to contract out hospital security at San Francisco General and Laguna Honda hospitals and invested $3.45 million into a police academy class. It also restored $4.82 million in social services cut in the Human Services Agency and the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

The budget now heads to the full board for a vote on July 12, where more changes could be made.

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