City Councilman Jim Madaffer’s office has overspent its budget by $176,000 this fiscal year, creating a 21-percent deficit in its $850,000 budget, according to city documents.

The city of San Diego today released its year-end adjustments for fiscal year 2006, which ends June 30, and Madaffer’s extra spending is among the unforeseen expenses to be covered an additional $27.5 million in revenues that came in above schedule.

Madaffer spokeswoman Leslie Webb said she believed the deficit to be only $30,000. She said she didn’t know the source of the deficit. Attempts to reach Madaffer and his chief of staff Thursday evening were unsuccessful.

Two City Hall sources confirmed the $176,000 deficit.

Each council office was allotted $850,000 for the fiscal year. A report released by city staff today detailing year-end budget adjustments recommends that $30,000 in increased revenues go toward the deficit. It also recommends $120,000 be taken from the District 7 infrastructure fund and $26,000 be taken from the district’s “PC Replacement Fund.” Madaffer represents District 7.

As the City Council debated another in a long line of tight budgets this year, Madaffer often lamented the lack of funds to hire or retain police officers and complained about the mayor’s new $1.4 million Office of Integrity and Ethics.

The councilman, a Republican, has also run into personal financial problems while at City Hall, including having his water cut off three times for failing to pay his bills.


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