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ANAHEIM CITY COUNCIL ADOPTS FISCAL YEAR 2013/14 BUDGET THAT STRENGTHENS CITY NEIGHBORHOODS AND PUBLIC SAFETY
ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 19, 2013) At Tuesday night’s meeting, the Anaheim City Council adopted a Fiscal Year 2013/14 budget that prioritizes the needs of Anaheim’s residents and neighborhoods, and positions Anaheim for continued success. The balanced budget includes council directed priorities dedicated to neighborhood improvements, public infrastructure, public safety and more.
“The Anaheim City Council adopted a budget that focuses on community investment and strengthens the services and programs that matter most to Anaheim’s residents,” said Marcie Edwards, Interim City Manager. “The priorities in this budget reflect the City’s dedication to supporting all of Anaheim. The City’s continued commitment to neighborhood improvement projects, infrastructure and public safety makes Anaheim an ideal place for our residents to live, work and play.”
The new budget directs a majority of funding to neighborhood improvement projects. These improvements include the completion of the Miraloma Family Resource Center, construction of a new half-acre park near Guinida Lane and Paul Revere Elementary School, updates and repairs to existing parks throughout the City and continued investments in new bike paths, walking paths, community centers and libraries, including the prioritization for the construction of a new community center at Ponderosa Park. Additionally, the City will dedicate funding to expand hours at many community centers, parks and libraries, providing additional access to our residents and visitors.
The City Council recognizes that a strong network of public infrastructure is critical to any thriving city. This year’s budget moves beyond routine maintenance and invests substantially in significant upgrades, such as street widening and added new lanes, to relieve traffic congestion.
The City’s ongoing commitment to public safety is also reflected in the budget, as we strive to maintain Anaheim’s status as one of the safest cities in America. The budget includes funds to provide additional police officers, as well as increased investments in neighborhood and youth programs such as the Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership (GRIP), Safe Schools, Cops 4 Kids, the Junior Cadet Program and the Police Explorer Program. These community outreach programs strengthen relationships between public safety officers and Anaheim’s residents and bring the City closer together.
This City Council’s action allows the City budget to remain structurally balanced while continuing to invest in Anaheim’s neighborhood. The budget will enhance valuable services for Anaheim’s residents and further strengthen our community.
“Under the City Council’s guidance, the City successfully managed a number of tough decisions related to the economic downturn and moved swiftly to realign our resources to the services and programs that matter most to the Anaheim community,” said Edwards. “This budget is not only balanced, but we have identified nearly $9 million for additional programs and services that will enrich the quality of life for Anaheim residents.”
For more information and for more details on the City of Anaheim FY 2013/14 budget, please visit the Finance Department page at www.anaheim.net, or click here.
ABOUT ANAHEIM –The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 343,000 residents and more than 2,950 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.5 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team, and the Professional Arena Soccer League Anaheim Bolts. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.