Long Beach Proposes $87.9M Budget

City releases blueprint summery of 2012-13 spending plan that calls for 11.9 tax increase.

The City of Long Beach released a summary blueprint of a proposed $87.9 million budget for 2012-2013, representing a $4 million increase from the current spending plan, on Tuesday night.

While the budget summary boasts approximately $920,000 in net savings due to departmental spending cuts, it also includes at 11.9 tax increase, a product of paying down a $10 million deficit over three years “by way of a separate temporary inherited deficit reduction surcharge,” the summary reads, as well as a 4.1 increase to the general fund tax levy.

“The initial budget blueprint sketches out a responsible framework to return the City to balanced budgeting,” the summary reads.

It aslo states that if the city did not follow through on "spending cuts, personnel cost reductions, and necessary property tax revenue in order to reduce the staggering deficit left by the previous administration, the alternatives are even more severe: A tax hike of approximately 41%."

Both Councilmen John McLaughlin and Michael Fagen said on Tuesday that they had only received a blueprint of the budget. Fagen called it a disappoint document.

"I don't know what the administration has been doing for the last three months, but coming up with a 40 percent tax increase over three years without a real cost savings plan is just unacceptable," he wrote in an email to Patch.

Last April, the prior Republican administration proposed a $83.9 million budget for the current fiscal year.

ally K April 20, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Why does RVC and LB have about the same number of students however LB has a bigger budget? Rockville Centre schools have better tests scores than LB.
Publius April 20, 2012 at 02:36 PM
The proposed budget is available for all to see now. I encourage those from all points of view to spend some time looking it over. This fiscal problem was not created over night and it will take hard work to right the ship. But salary raises while we are in a "fiscal emergency" -- that's a bit much. And look at how many supervisors, superintendents, assistant supervisors, assistant superintendents, and how many prinicpal clerks, clerks, assistant clerks there are. Rightsizing the City's workforce to what the residents can afford should not fall mostly on the backs of the "rank and file" making $40,000, but on the multiple layers of supervision and admin. Take a look at the number of departments related to water and sewer -- 5, including clerk/admin, with 9 "super"-somethings, as distinguished from mechanics or operators or laborers. Look at Central garage, with 2 supervisor/managers. Look at the number of employees "maintaining" the Municipal Building. I am just throwing out things that are on the page, as examples of things that make you at least want to inquire....
paul.d.spellman April 20, 2012 at 03:29 PM
"Consider all options regarding the Waldbaum’s Shopping Center property, which is currently leased for $82,400 per year." The city gets less than $7K a month for the waldbaum's property and that poor schlub is going to pay $1750 for a west end closet to sell donuts? Who owns that Waldbaums lease? A very friendly family I would guess.....
rocco beldelli May 03, 2012 at 01:55 PM
hey paul you sound like you have a lot of money why dont you bail out the city if your so for them and with all your free time you could even volunteer your services cmon be a nice guy
rocco beldelli May 03, 2012 at 02:02 PM
i coudnt agree with you more and who is this guy paul it sounds like hes got his hands on some of this money this guy does not make any sense


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