Over the past two weeks the City Council conducted a series of budget hearings. As many of you know, the City is facing a deficit of $635.7 million in the 2012 budget. The prior use of one-time revenues from asset leases, such as the parking meter lease, temporarily delayed tough choices. Now that most of the asset lease proceeds have been spent, cutbacks are inevitable. Many of the proposals in the Mayor’s budget are necessary and warranted. However, some of the proposed cuts need to be revisited due their essential nature with respect to quality of life and safety and security issues.

Given the concerns over some of these proposed cuts, I joined 27 of my colleagues in sending a letter to the Mayor asking him and his budget staff to revisit proposed cuts in the following areas:

  • Libraries
  • Public Health
  • Graffiti Removal
  • Office of Emergency Management & Communications

The following link includes the full letter sent to the Mayor:

2012 Budget Letter to Mayor