Long Beach City Councilmembers Dee Andrews and Roberto Uranga will host budget summits for the Sixth and Seventh Districts on Monday, August 10 at 6:00PM at Veterans Park in Long Beach, their offices announced yesterday.
According to a release, Andrews and Uranga are using the meeting as a means of reaching as much of the community as possible before the commencement of the City Council Budget Sessions regarding the 2016 Budget. Mayor Robert Garcia unveiled the budget on July 28, with a focus on fiscal responsibility and maintaining strong safety programs.
“This is the second year that we have been blessed with a surplus but we all know that with the rising CalPERS cost, we have to prepare for our City’s future,” said Andrews in a statement. “With the input of our community and the recommendations from City staff, we will be able to make the best possible decision when it comes to passing the 2016 budget.”
The Community Budget Summit will include presentations from the departments of financial management, fire, police, parks, development services, public works and library, in addition to the Office of the City Manager.
Regarding the large percentage (69 percent) of the general fund being used for Police, Fire and emergency communications, Uranga said safety was the council’s number one priority.
“I am looking forward to seeing more patrols on the street and the violent crimes reduced,” said Uranga in a statement. “With this summit, I am excited about our communities input and the suggestions on how we can continue to keep our neighborhoods safe.”
For more information please email or call the Council offices at 562.570.6816 or 562.570.7777.
Veterans Park is located at 101 East 28 Street.