San Diego Annual Budget on CD-ROM

Using CD-ROM technology saved the city money on hard-copy printing expenses and paper use. Each set of the printed version cost $125, while the CDs can be produced for $10 each, said financial management director Ernie Anderson.

CD-ROM copies of the $2.2 billion budget are being distributed to city libraries, community service centers and the city clerk's office for public reference, in conjunction with a print version. Anderson said San Diego is the first city to make the majority of its annual budgets available on CD-ROM. The city's operating budget has been posted on the Internet (www.sannet.gov) for the past five years.

"The budget on the Internet was favorably received by citizens who were able to research budget information by using their home PCs" Anderson said. "The CD-ROM will help even more people provide feedback to the city leadership."

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