SF mayor proposes fee hike to plug budget gap

SAN FRANCISCO

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has included more than a dozen new or higher fees in his proposed $6.5 billion budget plan. Supervisors will begin debating some of the fees this week.

The plan includes charging pet owners $25 to euthanize their cat or dog -- a service that has been free. Street artist permits also would go up, as would food-permit fees for caterers.

There is also a proposal to charge drivers for crash-scene clean up. An at-fault driver could face a charge from the Fire Department for $498 to pick up broken glass and spilled gasoline.

San Francisco has a $483 million budget deficit heading into the new fiscal year beginning July 1.

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