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Anaheim Adopts Balanced Budget
Last night the Anaheim City Council unanimously approved a balanced FY 2017-18 city budget. The major highlights include:
- Structurally balanced forecast for next five fiscal years.
- $1.7 billion total budget; $310 million general fund.
- $76 million to upgrade local streets, roads, bike lanes, walking pathways.
- $13 million for parks, trails, skate parks and open spaces.
- $5 million for new Anaheim fire station.
- $2 million for 10 new sworn police officers – final installment of 40 in 4.
- 10 community centers and 10 libraries.
- $33.2 million cash reserve balance, equal to 11 percent of general fund.
- Fulfills city’s commitment to pay down employee pension liabilities.
For more budget highlights, click here to review city’s press release.
Revenues to our city are up from the previous year, due to the strength of our resort community and local economy. Over the coming year the long-term outlook continues to improve. Among the highlights as we go forward: the finance department estimates the city will collect more than $150 million from Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) generated by hotel stays; and later this year as the expansion of the city’s convention center brings in new convention business, as a Star Wars-themed land opens at the Disneyland Resort, and as several new four-diamond hotel properties are built, city revenue is estimated to grow significantly. Additionally, a new Visit Anaheim video was highlighted.
You can get more information on the city’s 2017/18 budget at www.anaheim.net/mycitybudget.
Public Safety: Promises Made. Promises Kept.
Four years ago the City Council made a commitment to prioritize funding to restore public safety in Anaheim to pre-recession levels. This commitment was fulfilled when the council voted to add 10 more sworn officers as part of budget adoption last night for a total of 40 additional sworn officers over the past four fiscal years.
In 2013, the City Council voted unanimously to adopt a budget policy to hire 40 additional police officers at a rate of 10 per year for 4 years (titled the 40-in-4 Full Strength Initiative). I authored this public safety initiative to restore Anaheim’s police staffing levels at a pace that could be done conservatively without increasing taxes or impacting the restoration of other vital services across the city.
The 40-in-4 Initiative has been a success for residents and neighborhoods. Anaheim continues to be an agency of choice, attracting the best and brightest in the law enforcement community, our violent crime rate has dropped by 5 percent since 2012, and the Anaheim Police Department has the ability to invest time and resources to strengthen community relationships with programs like Mobile P.A.C.E. Academy, Neighborhood Watch, Cops 4 Kids, Public Safety Career Pathway, Coffee with a Cop, Community Policing and Gang Reduction and Intervention Program (GRIP).
The city’s economic growth and vitality has enabled Anaheim to stay on track with restoration of police and fire services, in addition to restoration of library hours and services, street and road maintenance, capital funding for new city parks and community centers; all while balancing the city’s budget, restoring cash reserves, and reducing the city’s pension liabilities each of the last six years. View Budget Workbook
Anaheim is leading the way as a fiscal steward and it has been my honor to vote in support of six consecutive, structurally balanced city budgets. I thank my colleagues and city staff for their work to make this budget possible.