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San Francisco Budget Procedures, Proposition A (November 2009)

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A San Francisco Budget Reform Charter Amendment, Proposition A ballot question was on the November 3, 2009 ballot in San Francisco, where it was approved.[1]

Measure A:

  • Instituted a two-year budgetary cycle
  • Required the adoption of a 5-year financial plan.
  • Adopted various financial policies
  • Set a deadline for the submission of MOUs for all labor unions.

Election results

Proposition A
Approveda Yes 68,270 69.89%
These final, certified, results are from the San Francisco County elections office.


Proposition A was supported by a majority of San Francisco's supervisors and by Gavin Newsom. Newsom said that getting Proposition A passed was his "No. 1 priority."[2]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Proposition A: "Shall the City: establish a two-year budget cycle; be required to adopt a five-year financial plan; be required to adopt long-range financial policies and require that the budget comply with these policies; permit the Controller to certify the availability of funds for a contract if the Controller determines funds will be available when due; change deadlines for submitting and adopting labor agreements; and allow the Board to decide how to publish required public notices?"

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