Friday, August 9, 2013

How Can I Participate in the Long Beach City Budget Process?

The Mayor and City Manager have given their budget to the City Council for review and adoption. By state and city law, the City Council must adopt a balanced budget. It must be adopted by September 15th.

This year the City of Long Beach has $45 million in surplus as a result of high oil prices (the City owns wells) and the dissolution of redevelopment.

There are a number of ways you can participate in the budget process:

  • You can read the budget documents that are online and can be accessed by clicking here.
  • You can attend a community budget meeting in the 9 council district. The 5th Council District meeting will be held August 14th at 6 pm at the Water Treatment Plant located on Spring Street at Redondo.
  • You can attend a City Council budget meeting in City Hall over the next several Tuesdays.
Last year, at my urging, the City had an online interactive budget software that gave residents a chance to provide input on the cuts to City services. I have asked the City Manager to put the same interactive budget software on line so that you all can give input on how to spend the surplus.

You can also give your input on ways to save the City money and improve services and how the surplus should be spent by completing a suggestion form.  Click here and complete the suggestion form.  I will also make suggestion forms available at Bach and El Dorado branch libraries.

Take some time to review the budget, come to a community meeting, speak at Council on your ideas and send in your suggestions online. It is important that the City Council hear from you. After all, these are your tax dollars.

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