Neighborhood Councils Get A Break - For Now

After a lengthy period of public comment the City Council Tuesday granted the Neighborhood Councils a momentary reprieve from cuts. The council moved to send Neighborhood Council issues to the Education and Neighborhoods Committee chaired by Councilman Paul Krekorian.

The NC-related proposals from the CAO's Three Year Plan to Fiscal Sustainability call for modifying the funding of the Neighborhood Empowerment Program. These changes include:

  • Eliminate the rollover policy that allows Neighborhood Councils to accumulate up to $145,000 of prior year unspent allocation;
  • Eliminate the bank card petty cash system and redefine and restrict Neighborhood Council expenditure categories; and
  • Instruct the City Administrative Officer to prepare the necessary actions to reprogram Neighborhood Empowerment Funds to offset the City’s budget gap.

Shawn Simons, President of Empowerment Congress - North spoke before the City Council about an alternative plan she has developed for Neighborhood Councils that will save the city about $4.7 million annually and at the same time allow NCs to maintain funding at the $4 million level.

 

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