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Meet With The Mayor! Garcetti’s South Los Angeles Budget Meeting – Thursday, 1/23 @ 6PM

If you live, work, or participate in the Mid-City NC area, please join us for a meeting with Mayor Eric Garcetti, regarding how funds are being spent and how future funds will be allocated in our neighborhood.

• Want more parks?
• Feel that our roads are in poor shape?
• Is crime an issue?
• How are businesses welcomed into the area?

All of these things and more are affected by how the city chooses to spend its money in our area. This is your chance to have your voice heard – let the City know what’s most important to you, your family, and your community.

This meeting is open to all in our neighborhood – when you RSVP, just list yourself as a “Stakeholder” with the Mid-City NC. We’d really like to have a strong MINC presence at this meeting. We hope you can join us.

Holman United Methodist Church3320 W. Adams Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Next Thursday, January 23, 2014 @ 6-8pm!

Please RSVP – https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SLABUDGET.

Budget Day – March 12th

PRESS RELEASE
2/23/2011
For Immediate Release
Contact:
jay handal

Budget Advocates

Budget Day March 12, 2011

   

It’s time to RSVP for Regional Budget Day – March 12 at the Police Administration Building downtown.

Regional Budget Day

Saturday, March 12

9am – Noon

Police Administration Building
100 W. 1st Street, L.A. 90012
(Regional discussions to follow at City Hall – 200 N. Spring Street)

Hello Budget Representatives!

Regional Budget Day is right around the corner – and we hope that you’ll continue your involvement in the Budget process by participating in this event. We want to ensure a great turn out, so please RSVP as soon as possible.

How is March’s Regional Budget Day Different From October’s Community Budget Day?
Regional Budget Day is designed to review the results of the Los Angeles Budget Challenge (budget survey) and gather regional-specific input from neighborhood council budget representatives. These regional discussions are essential for the 14 Budget Advocates, elected in October, who will meet with the Mayor to discuss community budget priorities.

Community Budget Day is generally the kick-off for the following year’s budget engagement process.

Take the Budget Challenge
The deadline for the Budget Challenge is THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27. Take the Budget Challenge, and tell your friends to take it!
http://LABudgetChallenge.LACity.org

RSVP – Jennifer.Badger@lacity.org
Please let me know that you are confirmed to attend this year’s Regional Budget Day. If you are no longer the budget representative for your neighborhood or community council, please forward the contact information for your replacement. All are welcome to attend (even if you’re not an “official” representative), but please RSVP to arrange for parking.

Parking
Parking will be arranged in City Hall (east), on the P2 level, where you’d usually park when visiting City Hall. Please provide your vehicle’s MAKE, MODEL and LICENCE PLATE # so we can ensure your speedy entrance to the parking garage.

The Budget Survey expires on 2/27. Please send all of your constituents one last note to ask them to take the budget survey.

Controller Releases Audit Showing City Only Collects 53% Of Bills Owed

To view the complete Audit, please click here.

July 1st, 2010

CITY CONTROLLER RELEASES AUDIT SHOWING CITY ONLY COLLECTS 53% OF BILLS OWED

Hundreds of Millions of Dollars Uncollected, Widening City’s Budget Deficit

 

(LOS ANGELES) – In her continued attempt to reduce the City’s budget deficit, City Controller Wendy Greuel released her audit today of the City’s billings and collections practices, which found that for the Departments sampled, only 53% of the City’s bills were collected. 

“In three years since the previous audit was released, the City has gone from a 52% collections rate to a 53% collections rate – that’s not acceptable,” said City Controller Wendy Greuel.“Collecting more money wouldn’t close the entire budget deficit, but it would help save the City money and protect critical services for Angelenos.”

The Departments surveyed in this audit billed a total of $553.4 million for fiscal year 2008-09, and only collected $293 million, which is an under-collection of $260.4 million annually. Among the most egregious examples of uncollected funds are parking citations and Emergency Management Services (EMS) billing accounts, where the City is only collecting 53% and 38% of the money it is owed, respectively.

“I don’t know of any business that would stand for such a low collection rate, particularly a business the size of the City of Los Angeles. It’s simply not sustainable, and the City cannot and should not allow this to continue.” said Controller Greuel.“The Mayor and the City Council now have two audits and a consultants report to guide them to centralizing the billing process, which will save the City millions of dollars each year.”

This audit is a follow-up to a 2007 Controller audit which found the City’s billing and collections practices to be out of date. The major finding of the previous audit – to centralize the City’s billing process – remains unimplemented, while hundreds of millions of dollars the City should receive – and desperately needs – remain uncollected.

 

Some of the key findings of the audit include:

  • The City still has not created a centralized billing process under the Office of Finance, which should result in millions in increased collections.
    • While the City finally hired a consulting firm to provide a blueprint for implementing a centralized process, no action has been taken to implement the proposals. More than three years later, the City should have made more progress.
    •  It is important to note that the consultant’s report is overly optimistic about how much the City could generate from centralization. The consultant estimates an additional $274 million could be collected over the next six years; however, most of that would come from outsourcing EMS billings, not from increased centralization.
  • The Police Commission and Fire Department do not refer delinquent accounts to the Office of Finance or an outside collection agency quickly enough
    • The Fire Department had not referred 60% of the accounts within 45 days, which is the Department’s policy.
    •  The Police Commission sat on nearly $500,000 worth of delinquent accounts, even though many were two to four years old.
  • The Fire Department needs to hire a contractor to ensure that accurate billing information is collected when an EMS service is provided, which they have been talking about for over 3 years.
    • The Department was in the process of preparing a Request for Proposal for a contractor in June 2007, yet no contractor has been hired. 

 

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