Neighborhood Councils City Budget funds in jeopardy
- Dear LVNA neighbors,
Our neighborhood association is watching this carefully and individuals are participating in communicating with the City Council. Please read the details below to become better informed and potentially take action this week.
This is an extremely important issue and if the proposed budget cut proceeds, neighborhood councils will be virtually crippled.
See Jack Humphreville's letter below.
----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Jack Humphreville <Jack@...>
To: Tom LaBonge <labonge@...>
Cc: Jack Humphreville <Jack@...>
Sent: Saturday, May 9, 2009 8:12:17 AM
Subject: News from the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council
If you agree that the funding for our Neighborhood Council should be at
the level proposed by the Mayor in his budget (a 10% reduction,
consistent with other city departments) and not slashed by 78% as
suggested by selected members of the Budget & Finance Committee of the
City Council who want to silence the Neighborhood Councils, hit REPLY
You can also make comments if you so desire.
NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL FUNDING CUTS:
The big news for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council - and NCs
across the City - this week is the proposal to severely cut Neighborhood
Council funding for the coming year.
The Budget & Finance Committee will be recommending to the City Council
that the NC funding program be reduced to a total of $1M for next year -
which means each NC would receive roughly $11,200 instead of the $45,000
that we have been allocated by the Mayor in his budget, a 10% cut from
the $50,000 we've traditionally been granted.
That level of funding would mean our expenditures next year would be
limited to little more than keeping our organization running...there
would be almost no money to fund the community projects - such as
improvements to Robert Burns Park and the new sensory garden at the
Frances Blend School - that we've been proud to support in recent years.
The Budget and Finance Committee will convene on Tuesday, May 12, 2009
to finalize its complete recommendations to send forward to the City
Council.? The full City Council will then begin holding special meetings
to consider the Committee's budget recommendations on Monday, May 18,
This is blatant attempt by certain members of the City Council to
silence the Neighborhood Councils.?
If you wish to express your opposition to these last minute cuts, send
an e mail to our Council Member, Tom LaBonge <
labonge@... >. You can also attend and make a public
comment at the Budget & Finance Committee (Tuesday @ 1 PM at City Hall)
or the City Council (Tuesday @ 10 AM).
If you have any questions, please e mail Jack Humphreville at
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