Councilman Al Austin, who chairs the committee, said the city’s projected budget issues were alarming.
In January a Los Angeles Superior Court ruled that the city’s practice of charging fees for sewer and water pipe access was unconstitutional. If upheld it could cut out about $14 million annually that had been diverted to the city’s general fund.
City says it plans to appeal judge’s ruling against utility revenue transfer
Opponents of a ballot measure that allowed the city to charge its Water Department for use of city-owned pipelines filed a complaint with the state against elected leaders, charging they sent political mailers to voters ahead of the June election.
The controversial Measure M saw over 53 percent of the nearly 40,000 ballots tabulated as of Wednesday morning vote in favor of codifying the practice which could potentially save the city’s law makers from having to dramatically adjust future budgets.