Report: City needs plan to tackle $1B in deferred projects

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SAN DIEGO — A report to the City Council’s Infrastructure Committee Monday recommended the development of plan to pay for deferred infrastructure work.

Putting off maintenance and renovation projects because of budget restraints in recent years has left the city with backlog of projects that will cost a minimum of $900 million, according to Erin Noel of the city’s Independent Budget Analyst’s office.

“Infrastructure issues impact the public health, safety and quality of life for San Diego communities, as well as the tourism industry, which is an important part of the city’s economy,” Noel said. “Addressing infrastructure issues is clearly one of the highest priorities for the city.”

San Diego takes on infrastructureThe committee agreed to forward the issue to the full City Council for consideration.

With the economy improving, Noel said city officials have begun to address the problem, but a citywide, multi-year capital improvement plan is needed.

“The backbone of the city has been neglected for too long, and now we have a hefty tab to pay,” said City Councilman Mark Kersey, who heads the committee.

In January, the committee passed a tentative work plan calling for a thorough infrastructure needs assessment.

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