LA City Budget Approved

Tue, 05/22/2012 - 12:51pm

City of LA seal

On May 21st, the Los Angeles City Council passed a $7.2 billion city budget that adopted the Mayor’s Proposed Budget appropriation for the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA).  The DCA stated the Proposed Budget provided sufficient resources for the upcoming fiscal year. Arts advocates who converged on LA City Hall in April for Arts for LA’s Arts Day asked the offices of City Council members to adopt the Mayor’s Proposed Budget.

Increased collections of the Transient Occupancy Tax led to an increased appropriation for the upcoming fiscal year and have enabled DCA to fund its costs without General Fund dollars. This budget will be the first in several years without drastic cuts to the DCA. 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.

For more news on the budget:

KPCC: LA City Council Approves $7.2 billion budget

Daily News: L.A's $7.2 billion budget OK'd