City leaders need to find about $30 million dollars or make painful cuts and closures.
The city of San Diego's budget deficit has been well publicized. But what about other cities in the county? How hard have they been hit by the economic downturn?
Poway is actually one of the few cities in the county with a balanced budget. But that's only after the city made more than $1 million dollars in cuts in September which included 17full-time and two part-time positions.
In every city in San Diego county thriving sales and property taxes are the local government's life-blood. That being the case, most can use a lifeline.
"Some receive a lot of revenue from transient occupancy taxes, hotel taxes, others are more dependent on sales tax. So, in this environment, sales are down," said Alan Gin, economist at the University of San Diego.
Economy experts say even when the news is good it's tempered by bad. Lower gas prices mean more money in your pocket but less in sales taxes. And there's a potential problem for money generated from property taxes.
"If prices have dropped to below where you bought the house, you can appeal to have the assessed value changed, so as people start doing that, the potential is that city's will potentially take in less property tax revenue," said Alan Gin.
He doesn't project a 'bottoming out' until mid 2009.