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FY 2015-16 and 2016-17 Budget Overview

The Fiscal Years 2015-16 and 2016-17 reflect years of growth for Public Works. Our budget allows us to better serve the people of San Francisco by:

  1. Ensuring safe, clean, sustainable, and inviting public spaces;
  2. Being the service provider of choice for design, construction, maintenance, management;
  3. Fostering a culture of opportunity, continuous improvement and excellence to deliver world-class public service.

Public Works is growing by welcoming new staff that will allow us to maintain and expand our community programs such as our public gardens, sidewalk cleaning, graffiti removal, street repair and various building and structure maintenance.  Over the past year we have successfully rolled out new community programs and job building initiatives that address the needs of our city.

Public Works is very proud to share the success of the Pit Stop Program; it has allowed the city to maintain its dignity and also the dignity of our most vulnerable citizens.  Public Works is also proud to have managed the construction of various capital projects, including the San Francisco War Memorial and the Joe DiMaggio Playground Improvement Project.

This year we saw new but welcomed challenges to our city and it allowed us to creatively explore new solutions.  Whether it is weathering El Nino or organizing our spectacular annual parades and celebrations, our dedicated staff works strategically and around the clock to ensure that our city is always presentable.


2016-17 Operating Budget Highlights:

Public Work’s total gross operating budget grew by 9%, from $256 million in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16 to $279 million in FY 2016-17. These figures include day-to-day operations such as:

  • Cleaning streets and curbs
  • Removing graffiti
  • Paving and repairing streets, potholes, and curb ramps
  • Maintaining and repairing public buildings
  • Design and construction management of public buildings
  • Engineering, design and construction on various infrastructure projects
  • Inspecting sidewalk safety and managing the public right-of-way
  • Maintaining our drawbridges, tunnels, and plazas
  • Planting and maintaining street trees, median landscaping and pocket parks


Above are only a snapshot of Public Work’s service to the community. Our community is changing and growing, and our services for the community reflect their needs. Public Work’s budget is set to meet the needs our community.


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In FY 2015-16 Public Works received $29.7 million in general fund operating support. In FY 2016-17 general fund operating support grows by 16%, to $34.5 million. The $4.7 million increase is to expand the following programs within Street Environmental Services.

  • Enhanced Street Cleaning – New staff and new equipment dedicated to street cleaning of alleyways
  • Pit Stop Program – Expanded locations of staffed restroom facilities that are safe and clean for the public


Capital Budget Overview

Public Work’s capital budget for the last few years underscores the City’s commitment to taking care of San Francisco’s street and right of way infrastructure. Totaling $73.9 million in FY 2015-16, and $75.8 million in FY 2016-17, the capital budget continues to repair roads, curb ramps, bridges, street and stair structures, pothole repairs, tree replacement and emergency tree care, retaining walls, and tunnels, as well as emergency landslide repairs.


Capital Budget Highlights:

  • Provides funding for street resurfacing and pothole repairs totaling $50.5 million in FY 2015-16 and $52.1 million in FY 2016-17 to continue progress after the 2011 Road Repair and Street Safety Bond. As of 2015 the citywide Pavement Condition Index (PCI) is 68, and we are on track to achieve a PCI of 70 by 2020;
  • $11.9 million in FY 2015-16 and $12.4 million in FY 2016-17 for pedestrian and safety improvements such as curb ramps and sidewalk repairs as required under the Americans with Disability Act;
  • $5.15 million in local match funds to $43.0 million in federal grants for rehabilitation of the Third Street bridge and Islais Creek bridges;
  •  A total of $4.9M over both budget years for the second phase of the Telegraph Hill stabilization project, installation of pedestrian lights along Upper Haight Street, and construction of a water storage and distribution system underneath UN Plaza to utilize ground water for street cleaning and irrigation