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 extent the city’s Measure A sales tax to fund continued infrastructure needs, public safety jobs and the reopening of Community Hospital.