Long Beach Council Approves 2018 Budget, Calls for SavingsRelease Date: 2017-09-06
Long Beach’s City Council passed the city budget Tuesday night — and told staff to find ways to cut the spending listed in the budget.
Fiscal 2018 spending plans for the Harbor Department (Port of Long Beach) and the Water Department were passed unanimously without changes. Then Councilwoman Stacy Mungo (Fifth District), chair of the Budget Oversight Committee, went through recommended changes the BOC had approved an hour before the full council meeting.
Mungo and her committee members, Eighth District Councilman Al Austin and Third District Councilwoman Suzie Price, agreed that an expected $700,000 surplus should be spent in the General Fund. The money was divided, with $450,000 going to improve business corridors (Pacific Avenue, Anaheim Street and Carson Street), $100,000 to the Health Department for use as matching funds, another $100,000 to implement the My Brother’s Keeper program and $50,000 to the Animal Care Services Bureau to address issues found in a recent audit.