Mayoral spokeswoman Rachel Laing said a proposed increase of $194,515 in the city’s in-house economic development expenses isn’t tied only to the potential addition of a new manager.

I wrote in my story yesterday that the city was seeking to add a new manager to the department at a cost of $194,515, which is how it’s described in the independent budget analyst’s review of the budget.

But Laing said that figure includes $50,000 in non-personnel expenses that aren’t tied to the addition of a new position. Namely, Laing said, that money was requested for advertising and marketing expenses.

“It’s not supposed to be spent for that position,” she said.

Laing said the new manager is budgeted to receive a $100,000 salary and that the cost of fringe benefits will total $44,514. She said the non-personnel costs of the manager, such as a new computer and supplies, aren’t included in the $50,000 and will be absorbed in the greater non-personnel budget.

The city is seeking to add a new economic development manager as it scales back its marketing and economic development contract with the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. The city now has a $600,000 annual contract with the group, but the mayor has proposed shaving that to $50,000 in the budget year starting July 1.


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