Fines assessed to JetBlue for late-night flight activity have totaled millions of dollars that has benefited Long Beach libraries.
The city, which is facing at least a $41 million budget shortfall this fiscal year, would have received as much as $80 million from the federal government—but fell about 30,000 residents short of the threshold to receive these funds set aside for big cities.
By far the biggest hit will land on the roughly $554 million general fund, which pays for basic services like parks and libraries, and employee salaries, including police and fire personnel.
Fees for parking citations, passports, tree trimming and many other services will go up next fiscal year.
Included in the budget is the $554 million general fund, which pays for city services like street sweeping, police and fire department salaries and road repairs, something that has been supplemented by the Measure A sales-tax increase adopted by voters in 2016.