San Francisco Spends $53.7 Million On Street Cleaning, Expected To Jump To $60 Million In 2019

Neetu Chandak | Contributor

San Francisco spent over $40 per resident to clean up its streets for the 2016-2017 fiscal year and the cost is getting higher with the 2019 fiscal year expecting to increase to $60 million.

The cost for the 2017-2018 fiscal year jumped to nearly $54 million from $35 million in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday. Next year will hit nearly $60 million.

San Francisco, which had 864,816 residents between the 2016-2017 fiscal year, spent four times as much on cleaning than Chicago, which had a population of over 2 million people, according to the Policy Analysis Report from the City And County Of San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget and Legislative Analyst’s office. It is unclear how many people will be added in SF in 2018.

Some causes for the high clean up costs included providing five categories of cleaning services at higher frequencies, receiving over 77,000 cleaning requests and having an increased cleaning workload due to the city’s homeless population. The report did not take into account worker efficiency, according to the to report’s co-author Fred Brousseau, the Chronicle reported.

The five services the city provides includes motorized street sweeping, manual street cleaning, illegal dumping removal, homeless encampment cleanup and responding to service requests. San Francisco had 8.7 homeless people per 1,000 residents, though Seattle out did the city with 11.9 homeless people per 1,000 residents for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, according to the report.

Even with the increased cost of cleaning, the city is still ridden with feces and drug needles, according to the Chronicle. (RELATED: SF Mayor Says Her City Is Drowning In Poop: ‘There’s More Feces … Than I’ve Ever Seen’)

“There is more feces on the sidewalks than I’ve ever seen growing up here,” the city’s Democratic Mayor London Breed said, KNTV reported on July 13.

The City and County Of San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget and Analyst Legislative’s Office did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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