Transfer of street tree care to property owners up for debate 

To save $600,000 next fiscal year, The City wants to begin transferring the care of 24,000 street trees over to private property owners. The proposal will undergo its first public hearing Monday at the Board of Supervisors City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee at 10 a.m. in Room 250.

The proposal also comes after The City approved tougher controls on how property owners must take care of the street trees.

Private property owners are currently charged with caring for 65,000 trees along city sidewalks. The Department of Public Works currently maintains about 31,000 street trees and approximately 7,500 that are planted in medians.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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