GovReporter September 12, 2018
Long Beach

On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, the Long Beach City Council voted to adopt the City of Long Beach’s balanced, $3.0 billion budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019.

“This City’s adopted FY 19 budget addresses the concerns that are important to our neighbors, the Fire and Police department, homelessness and our youth,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I am proud that this plan will confront the City’s most pressing challenges and help move our city forward.”

“The City team worked tirelessly on the development of the coming year’s budget,” said City Manager Patrick H. West. “We addressed concerns about potential shortfalls early in the process and finished it up with a strong budget addressing homelessness, the arts, and everything in between.”

Included in the adopted budget are investments in:

  • Addressing homelessness.
  • Maintaining and enhancing public safety services.
  • Infrastructure and critical needs such as street repairs, alley improvements, sidewalk and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb cut improvements and more.
  • Additional economic development resources.
  • Efficiency and service delivery improvements.
  • Arts and culture.
  • Social equity needs including funds to support youth and children well-being.

The new budget also includes Mayor Robert Garcia’s recommendations which consist of:

  • A Justice Fund to support immigrants in the community who need legal assistance.
  • Additional support for the City’s Language Access services.
  • Funds to expunge low-level marijuana misdemeanors.
  • Support for Partners of Parks.
  • City staff development and training funds on LGBTQ issues and anti-bullying.
  • MOLAA’s facilities master-plan efforts support.
  • Directive for City staff to identify new revenue sources to restore Engine 17 and to restore a Community Rapid Response Bike Team of six new Police positions in FY 19, and for staff to strengthen the City’s proactive residential inspection program, preventing properties from falling into disrepair and fixing slum properties.

For more information about the budget or to access the Community Budget Book, the City Manager’s Budget Presentation, and Mayor Robert Garcia’s Budget Message, those interested can visit the Financial Management Department website at http://www.longbeach.gov/finance/city-budget-and-finances/budget/budget-information/.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 480,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 170 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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