City Council adopts $765.3 million Operating and Capital Improvement Program for 2024-25 budget, including added investment in public safety

June 27, 2024 5:21 PM

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 28, 2024) – The City Council Tuesday adopted the Fiscal Year 2024-25 operating and Capital Improvement Program, or CIP, budget, continuing to invest in key priorities of public safety, addressing homelessness, sustainability, mobility and inclusive policies and programs.

As part of the budget adoption, Council directed city staff to schedule a study session to explore what is needed to further address public safety and homelessness in Santa Monica and discuss revisions to the budget to reallocate resources accordingly.

Tuesday’s action also included approval of updates to the 2024-25 operating budget, the second year in the approved biennial Fiscal Year 2023-25 Operating Budget.

The $765.3 million operating and CIP budget for 2024-25 includes $1.8 million of adjustments in support of public safety and economic recovery based on council direction at the May 28, 2024, budget study session, as well as allocation of grant funds to support homelessness programs.

Adjustments include:

The budget reflects key investments in the five community priority areas of 1) Clean & Safe, 2) Addressing Homelessness, 3) Sustainable & Connected, 4) Justice, Equity & Diversity and 5) Economic Growth and Cultural Vitality.

The overall budget is balanced and funds key initiatives and projects such as:

In addition to approving the first year’s budget for the CIP, the Council moved forward a $194.7 million FY 2024-26 Biennial Capital Improvement Program plan. This plan paves the way for safety cameras and other public safety improvements, transit upgrades, parks and community services, tree planting and other key infrastructure projects in the next two years.

The two-year CIP includes projects funded by 22 different sources, including enterprise funds that get revenue from rates and fees, such as the Water Fund, as well as tax revenues from voter-approved ballot measures, federal and state funding.

Notable capital projects slated for the next two years include:

The city has restored many services and these investments in the community, approved during the FY 2023-25 budget, have positioned the city to maintain progress toward addressing community needs.

While the long-term economic outlook is positive, resources remain constrained. The city continues to face liabilities such as a difficult economic climate, slow revenue recovery, a challenging labor market, deferred equipment and infrastructure maintenance, and unknown impacts of legal liabilities. As a result, full recovery is taking longer than anticipated.

Looking ahead to address these challenges, with limited resources and reserves significantly lower, on the budget and CIP represent a conservative approach to spending, reallocating existing resources as needed, to address high priority operational and community needs, particularly with spending from the General Fund.

In the meantime, city staff continue to seek additional revenues, grant funds, reimbursements and other resources to expedite restoring reserves and fund additional capital projects and service restorations.

For more information, read the staff report here.

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