SAN FRANCISCO — San Diego, the second-most populous city in ­California, faces a $179.1 million deficit in its general fund budget for fiscal 2011 as a continued slide in tax revenue and growing pension costs force the city to consider its most painful cuts in public services yet.

The projected budget deficit is 14.4% of projected expenditures of $1.24 billion. The figures come from a new five-year financial outlook released by Mayor Jerry Sanders’ budget staff last week. It shows deficits continuing across the forecast horizon.

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