Supes look to cut police, fire budgets 

As the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee begins review of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s proposed $6.5 billion city and county budget, supervisors are looking to make cuts and use the money instead to offset cuts made to health services and other priorities of theirs.

Supervisor John Avalos, who chairs the committee, said Tuesday, he has requested Budget Analyst Harvey Rose to examine cutting the Police Departments budget by $6 million or $12 million, “two different scenarios.”

Avalos also said he has requested analysis of consolidating battalions. While he said “brownouts,” temporarily closing down fire stations, are off the table, consolidation might be the answer to achieve some savings. He noted battalion chiefs can earn about $200,000 in salary and also overtime.

The committee is expected to hold its first hearings on the public safety departments on Thursday.

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