October 28, 2020 10:34 AM
Final night time, the Santa Monica Metropolis Council reviewed and closed out the fiscal yr 2019-20 price range and modified the fiscal yr 2020-21 price range based mostly on up to date monetary projections.
Following in depth efforts earlier this yr to handle the financial impacts of COVID-19, the Metropolis’s fiscal well being is secure. Fiscal yr 2019-20 actuals are according to June 2020 up to date monetary projections that anticipated steep decreases in Metropolis revenues necessitating the organizational restructuring. Revenues have been marginally higher than anticipated as a result of early phased reopening of the financial system, some lodges remaining open, and fewer individuals than anticipated deferring taxes and different funds. With this, Council authorised price range modifications to handle deficits for fiscal yr 2019-20, transferring lower than anticipated – $30 million somewhat than $42 million as anticipated – in reserves to cowl the shortfall attributable to the pandemic.
For fiscal yr 2020-21, following measures taken earlier this yr, the citywide price range is $192.three million lower than the fiscal yr 2019-20 Revised Funds and has 298.eight fewer full-time everlasting positions and 122.three fewer full-time equal as-needed positions. Throughout the Basic Fund, price range reductions mirror a 23.9% discount from the beforehand authorised fiscal yr 2019-20 Revised Funds. Employees undertaking that the Metropolis’s revenues will get better to pre-COVID-19 ranges in fiscal yr 2024-25.
“Whereas financial instability persists for native governments, the Metropolis continues to make prudent monetary selections to make sure the long-term fiscal well being of Santa Monica,” mentioned Interim Metropolis Supervisor Lane Dilg. “With $1.14 million in federal CARES Act funding, we will even have the ability to tackle vital neighborhood wants as we proceed to advocate for significant stimulus funds for emergency response and restoration.”
Primarily based on its present monetary place, the Metropolis is ready to allocate $1.14 million in federal Coronavirus Assist, Aid and Financial Safety (CARES) Act funding to handle vital service wants on a one-time foundation. Council authorised the next allocations to handle neighborhood priorities:
- Funds to assist enhancements to psychological well being companies and entry to look after weak populations and other people experiencing homelessness, together with probably piloting another dispatch emergency response mannequin ($400,000).
- Further funding for the Financial Restoration Fund for extra help to the neighborhood and to increase outside eating areas on Ocean Avenue, which requires the short-term development of sidewalk expansions into the prevailing parking lane ($280,000).
- Funds to help with continued response to the pandemic, together with private protecting gear and different provides and sources not reimbursed by FEMA that are wanted for reopening and working operations within the time of COVID-19 ($159,344).
- Reinstatement, by the tip of the fiscal yr, of contracted weekend trash service to permit present Public Panorama Division and Useful resource, Restoration and Recycling employees to handle greater than anticipated trash volumes all through the Metropolis ($134,000).
- Enlargement of the prevailing COVID-19 Well being Ambassador Program to watch open areas and park settings as parks reopen ($77,000).
- Hiring of as-needed Library Pages to help with Library curbside service and programming ($50,000).
- Increasing outreach companies supplied by West Coast Care to people experiencing homelessness ($30,000).
- Buy of a truck-mounted strain washer to help with cleansing pedestrian, playground and restroom areas ($10,000).
Along with elevated funds being supplied to West Coast Care to attach homeless people within the seashore and Pier areas with household reunification and repair choices, the prevailing partnership with West Coast Care will shift from the Police Division to the Hearth Division, which is able to now have a everlasting presence on the seashore in Hearth Station 7, a profitable pilot initiated final yr.
Redesignation of the West Coast Care partnership and the allocation of $400,000 for use for psychological well being companies for homeless and different weak populations are among the many preliminary steps the Metropolis is taking to make use of alternate approaches to emergency response that don’t contain legislation enforcement personnel.
With the year-end price range, Council additionally moved ahead plans to create a brand new Metropolis division wholly dedicated to Santa Monica’s complete imaginative and prescient for sustainable, multi-modal transportation. This division will mix Huge Blue Bus’s expertise as an innovator in sustainable transportation with the imaginative and prescient of the Mobility Division (at present a part of the Group Growth Division) because the Metropolis continues to prepared the ground in planning full streets throughout mass transit, shared mobility, biking, and finally new modes of transportation. The mixing of those work features will enhance customer support and assist leverage further transportation grant funding. Comparable fashions are in place in San Francisco and Oakland.
“Bringing Santa Monica’s distinctive Mobility and Huge Blue Bus groups collectively will enable us to advance transformative inexperienced road tasks and the type of long-range planning important to protected, car-light dwelling and reducing carbon emissions,” mentioned Dilg. “There’s a lot to be enthusiastic about with the enlargement of the battery electrical bus fleet, Imaginative and prescient Zero efforts, and guarded bike strains coming within the subsequent few years.”
The brand new division will take form in December 2020 and can embody Huge Blue Bus, Mobility, and Parking Operations. Council directed employees to discover the creation of a Mobility Fee as a part of broader discussions about Metropolis Boards and Commissions.
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