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Â Includes funding to maintain LAPD police ranks at current level
The Los Angeles City Council approved a $7.1 billion budget for the coming fiscal year today.Â In this tough economy, the budget maintains the Council and Mayor's commitment to protecting public safety and services that directly impact neighborhoods. The budget allows for the hiring of 480 police officers, enough to fill the number of vacancies expected this year due to attrition.
"The City Council demonstrated its commitment to safe neighborhoods today with this budget. This was a very tough budget year and we had to make some very tough decisions about how to prioritize our spending. We still have a lot of work to do to ensure that our budget stays on track throughout the year, but we are committed to working together to make fiscally responsible decisions for the city," said Council President Eric Garcetti.Â
"I am pleased that we were able to reach an agreement today that is both fiscally responsible and keeps our city safe by maintaining the current LAPD force," said Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, Vice-Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee. "The cuts we made were dramatic, but necessary to balance our budget. If we didn't make these difficult decisions now, it would be even worse next year."
"Our City is finding itself in the most serious financial situation in our history. We will be facing ongoing challenges as the state budget forecast remains uncertain. Given these challenges the Council deliberated, passed a budget, and will continue to strive to serve the people on Los Angeles to the best of our ability," said Assistant President Pro Tem Jan Perry.
"This budget is a work in progress. The financial information provided by the CLA, CAO and the pension executives, along with the current financial condition of the state creates a great deal of alarm as it relates to the solvency of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles City Council will monitor this budget daily to make corrections and assessments to protect city residents and employees," said Councilmember Bernard Parks, Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee.