Toned down budget hearings to wrap up Thursday 

Usually this time of year some heated budget debates erupt over funding in the mayor’s proposed budget.

So far, the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee’s review of Mayor Ed Lee’s proposed budget has been pretty straightforward, characteristic of government proceedings after the recent political shift at City Hall.

Budget Analyst Harvey Rose has recommended a total of $15 million in cuts in the budget proposal, but not all will be made. The committee is expected to take what pot of money they have and reallocate it on Thursday, when it is expected the budget will be finalized by the committee and sent to the full board for a vote.

There remain a few outstanding funding choices, such as whether to fund an academy class next year. There remain some unresolved budget issues, like providing the new mayor elected in November with a pot of money to spend how the new mayor so chooses.

There are also a number of cuts to some vital services that have community advocates asking for them to be restored.

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