Oakland mayor to present $3.2 billion budget to council

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf will present her budget at a special meeting to the City Council on Tuesday night, which includes increased spending on several programs - from affordable housing to fixing potholes. 

The two-year proposal totals $3.2 billion, about a 15 percent increase in spending from the last budget.

The police budget will remain about flat compared to the last two years. But one of the departments that would see a boost is the fire prevention bureau, which would nearly double, adding 11 new positions to inspect all commercial buildings and some residential properties. as well as managing vegetation, to prevent wildfires.

Other proposed increases include: 

$21 million - homeless programs

$30 million - affordable housing projects

$110 million - infrastructure spending, potholes

There’s also about $75 million in the budget to support the Oakland Unified School District.

Under this proposal, the city's parks and recreation budget would suffer the most. The budget would remain frozen - and about eight positions in the department would remain open.

The details will have to be hammered out by June 30, before the start of the next fiscal year on July 1.