A staff report given to the council Tuesday night revealed that “general economic growth,” departmental savings, a rise in the price of oil and sales tax largely contributed to the roughly $8 million in surplus that the council distributed Tuesday night.
The City Council voted to include funding for the reopening of Community Hospital as priority spending targets for Measure A if voters choose extend it next year.
After working to preserve its good streets, Long Beach plans to begin tackling some of its worst.
Measure A has generated tens of millions of dollars the city has spent on roads, police and fire personnel. If it goes away, city leaders say cuts could come even as tax rates remain the same.
With little dissent from the public, the council on Tuesday gave direction to staff to write an ordinance declaring a fiscal emergency, the first step in the process of potentially putting a permanent extension of Measure A on the ballot.
Long Beach will consider asking voters in March 2020 to permanently extend the city’s Measure A sales tax to fund continued infrastructure needs, public safety jobs and the reopening of Community Hospital.
The Long Beach City Council hosted a special study session Tuesday night to discuss the proposed 2018 fiscal budget for the city’s capital improvement projects.
City officials rolled up their sleeves and helped pave Jackson Street today to celebrate the launch of Measure A, which will provide $150 million in infrastructure improvements throughout the city.
It’s been seven years since North Long Beach has had its own paramedic rescue unit, but after Tuesday night’s Long Beach City Council meeting, those days are numbered. The council voted unanimously to restore Rescue 12 as well as resume police academy activity, delivering on its promise to revamp the city’s public safety infrastructure after the passage of Measure A in November.
The five-person citizen oversight committee that will be tasked with ensuring that the revenue generated from the recently passed Measures A and B initiatives will be spent on public infrastructure was revealed today, in a release from Mayor Robert Garcia’s office.