San Francisco school district could be facing $20M budget deficit 

click to enlarge A budget deficit as large as $20 million could loom over the San Francisco Unified School District next school year. (Getty Images file photo) - A BUDGET DEFICIT AS LARGE AS $20 MILLION COULD LOOM OVER THE SAN FRANCISCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. (GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO)
  • A budget deficit as large as $20 million could loom over the San Francisco Unified School District next school year. (Getty Images file photo)
  • A budget deficit as large as $20 million could loom over the San Francisco Unified School District next school year. (Getty Images file photo)

The San Francisco Unified School District could face a budget deficit as large as $20 million next school year if the tax package extensions proposed by the governor are not approved by voters in June.

Myong Leigh, the deputy superintendent of policy and operations at the district, gave a brief budgetary outline to the San Francisco Board of Education on Tuesday night in order to prepare the governing body for the potential cuts.

Leigh said if the five-year extensions of vehicle and income taxes already in place are approved, the district – which operates on a $400 million budget – would face just under $2 million in cuts. If the taxes are denied by voters, the district would need to cut up to $20 million.

“Flat funding is certainly better than a scenario with significant cuts,” Leigh told the Board of Education. “But it still doesn’t completely bridge gap between revues and expenses.”

District officials said they will have more complete budget outlook and presentation at the Feb. 8 board meeting, but wanted to provide a preview of what was to come.

On Saturday, the district will also begin a planning summit with school sites to discuss budgets at each of the 115 San Francisco Unified School campuses.

Last year, the district projected a $113 million short fall over the following two years.

Included in that short fall are the rising retirement and health costs as well as the stimulus funding that will run out at the end of this fiscal year.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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