LA DCA Budget Update
On April 20th, Mayor Villaraigosa released his 2012-2013 Budget Recommendations for the City of LA, including proposed appropriations to the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). In the Mayor’s budget, DCA is proposed to receive an increased appropriation from the last fiscal year due to an increase in the City’s Transient and Occupancy Tax (TOT). The increase in the TOT (aka the “Hotel Bed Tax”) is a trend that began this fiscal year after a steep decline in years past due to the recession. DCA, completely off the General fund, is funded by the TOT and outside funds raised by the Department.
The DCA has faced consecutive years of dramatic cuts resulting in a bare-bones departmental budget. Between 2008 and 2011, the DCA experienced major reductions in staff (nearly fifty percent), program elimination and a decrease in grants funding.
On April 30th, the City Council's Budget and Finance Committee discussed the Mayor's Budget Recommendations pertaining to the DCA and heard from DCA’s Assistant General Manager Saul Romo. Mr. Romo voiced support for the Mayor’s budget and spoke of DCA’s continued work in 28 city arts facilities, and the provision of 690 arts workshops serving over 10,000 residents.
The Budget & Finance Committee will use the recommendations of the Mayor and the Chief Administrative Officer's office to create their own budget, which will then go before full Council for discussion, revision and adoption.
Download the budget proposal at the Mayor's website (click here to access).