PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

9/9/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 090920-2
Subject:
Long Beach City Council Adopts Fiscal Year 2021 Budget
Contact:
Kevin Lee
Chief Public Affairs Officer
City Manager’s Office
562.570.6811
Kevin.Lee@longbeach.gov




On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the Long Beach City Council voted to adopt the City of Long Beach’s balanced, $2.8 billion budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021.

“Despite a global pandemic, Long Beach found a way to make meaningful investments in public health,” says Mayor Robert Garcia. “The budget our City Council adopted sets forth a plan to continue our COVID-19 response, deliver critical city services and meet our financial obligations as a major California city.”

This year, the City faces an unprecedented series of issues – a world-wide pandemic, the injustices of systemic racism, a faltering and uncertain economy and the projected largest budget shortfall in recent history.

“The City is committed to deliver the best services possible in the midst of serious challenges,” said City Manager Tom Modica. “I’m grateful to every department and every employee for meeting the moment, and to City Council for their hard work.”

To resolve a projected FY 21 $30 million General Fund shortfall, the budget relies on a multi-faceted strategy of assistance from City employees, new or reallocated revenues, strategic investments, efficiency improvements and service reductions.

The final budget restores some proposed reductions, including:
  • One police officer in the K-9 unit.
  • Two detectives in the Violent Sexual Predator unit.
  • One Marine Safety officer.
  • Funding seasonal lifeguard staffing, which had been slated for a 10% decrease in funding.
  • Long Beach Police Department expansion of coverage and services typically done by Park Rangers to include Bixby Park and MacArthur Park.
These restorations are offset by:
  • Cuts to the Police South Division Pine Avenue overtime program. 
  • Holding more employee positions vacant.
  • Additional use of reserves.
Other changes from the proposed FY21 budget include:
  • $350,000 in one-time funds for a Fireworks Enforcement Team.
  • Allowing cannabis businesses to extend operating times by two hours, and not increasing their business license tax until a report is brought back to City Council.
  • Delaying, by up to six months, the proposed move of the Homeless Education and Response Team (HEART) from the Fire Department to Health and Human Services, until a report is brought back to City Council.
  • The reallocation of 70%, $5,628,640, of Fleet capital funds in FY 21 to fund street and alley repair.
  • A voluntary 10% decrease in salaries by elected officials.
Mayor Garcia’s recommendations, adopted into the final FY21 budget, include:
  • $247,143 from reserves to restore proposed cuts to Long Beach Public Library.
  • $500,120 from reserves to restore positions to be contracted out in parking citation and customer service, Public Works surveying and parking meter collection and maintenance.
  • $188,000 from reserves to prevent an increase in fees for Youth Sports.
  • $300,000 from reserves to structurally add the Justice Fund to the budget.
  • $40,000, from reserves, to be added to the proposed $160,000 in one-time funds, for Language Access.
  • $250,000 in one-time funds for a new Right to Counsel program for renters.
  • $100,000 to fund an Economic Specialist to explore Universal Basic Income and public banking.
  • $60,000 in projected Measure B funds for the African American Cultural Center.
The adopted budget includes the full $3.2 million, as proposed, to carry out work on the City’s Framework for Reconciliation.

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, people may visit the Financial Management Department website.

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 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 and the Port of Long Beach. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas and bike paths.

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