Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget Hearings
Posted by Councilmember Englander on April 24, 2016 at 9:21 PM
On April 27th, the City Council Budget and Finance Committee will begin its hearings on the City's Fiscal Year 2016-17 Budget. Every year, the Mayor proposes the budget, which is the annual overarching spending plan for the City.
The Budget and Finance Committee examines every dollar and every item in the proposed budget and develops recommendations for the City Council to vote on. To see the Mayor’s proposed Budget, schedule of hearings, and other budget related information, click here.
The power to approve, reject and amend the budget is one of the City Council's largest and most important functions, and has an impact on everything that the City does. The City Charter deadline for the City Council to adopt a budget isJune 1. As Vice Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, I am deeply committed to ensuring the fiscal health and sustainability of the City.
The Mayor's budget contains a proposal that I had advocated - a civilian position add back for the Los Angeles Police Department that will allow 160 police officers to return to patrol functions from desk duty and detention center assignments. This strategy is a vital step toward reducing crime rates, which have been elevated recently after many years of historic lows. This plan will also add crime analysts and clerical support to the department - making it more effective and efficient. My thanks to Mayor Garcetti for the incorporation of this proposal and I'm looking forward to vetting the full budget.
-Mitchell Englander, Vice-Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee