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The proposed budget for FY 2010 - 11 addresses the $485 million budget deficit by focusing on core services and proposing permanent, concrete solutions such as a substantial reduction in full-time positions. This roadmap towards fiscal sustainability clearly defines and allocates resources to the City's core responsibilities: public safety and street services.
This budget stays true to the commitment made to keep the people of Los Angeles safe with a 21st century police department at full deployment levels. It will allow us to build a world-class transportation system by leveraging federal funding with Measure R, and it will keep our roads safe by paving and preserving 735 miles of streets.
By making structural changes to the way the city operates, we will put the city on a long term path to fiscal health while retaining our most critical services, balance the budget, and replenish the Reserve Fund to reach up to $284 million by the end of the 2010-2011 fiscal year.
FY 2010-11 Adopted Budget (pdf)
Each fall, the Mayor submits a policy letter to all City Departments outlining his budget goals for the upcoming year. In December, City departments submit their budgets to the Office of the Mayor and the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
This is followed by a period of collaborative decision-making between the CAO, community representatives, and the City Council who assist the Mayor in formulating the Proposed Budget. The Mayor then submits the Proposed Budget to the City Council on or before April 20th.
A critical part of the budget development process is community input. Article IX, Section 909 of the City Charter states: "Each neighborhood council may present to the Mayor and Council an annual list of priorities for the City budget. The Mayor shall inform certified neighborhood councils of the deadline for submission so that the input may be considered in a timely fashion."
For the past five years, Mayor Villaraigosa has implemented a structured process to ensure that all neighborhood councils and community members have the opportunity to become informed about the City budget and to submit their input on their priorities.
The Mayor's budget survey is an integral part of this process. Each year, the Mayor invites Angelenos to provide feedback on the City's budget through his budget survey. In 2010, the Mayor worked with the non-partisan, non-profit organization, Next10, to launch the Los Angeles Budget Challenge, an online survey tool designed to give the community better information and access to the budget process. This year's Budget Challenge received over 22,900 visits to the website and 9,500 completed surveys. To view the results of the 2011 Budget Challenge, please click here.