San Francisco

Where Does SF Get Its Money?

12:30 p.m. | Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Photo by King of Hearts

We're improving the SPUR event registration process. 
Later this summer, we will launch a new ticketing system and we'll be asking you to register for each event you're planning to attend. This will help us keep you informed of any changes and better tailor our schedules and offerings.


The budget and fiscal revenue of a city can often seem like a black box. We know that money comes out of the box to pay for necessary services, but where does it come from and what happens to it? Do taxpayers contribute enough to cover the city’s roughly $11 billion budget? How much of that sum comes from agencies that generate some of their own revenue? Are there additional sources? Crack open the city’s books with us and explore where San Francisco gets its money.

+ Kelly Kirkpatrick / City and County of San Francisco
+ Ben Rosenfield / City and County of San Francisco


SPUR Urban Center
654 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-4015
Phone: 415.781.8726


free for SPUR members
$10 for non-members

Pre-registration is not required for this event.

Refund Policy

Individual ticket purchases. If you request a refund between 2 and 10 business days prior to the event, SPUR can issue a 25 percent refund. Requests for refunds received less than 2 days prior to an event cannot be accommodated.

Sponsorship payments will not be refunded, as sponsorship benefits take effect immediately and are on-going through the date of the event.

Auxiliary Services

If, in order to participate in a SPUR event, you need auxiliary aids or services for a disability (e.g., qualified interpreter, qualified reader, written materials, taped texts) please submit your request five business days before the event to or 415-781-8726 x132. SPUR will work with you in identifying effective auxiliary aids or services that it can provide. If you need to cancel your request, please notify SPUR at least two business days before the event.

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