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Posted on: June 20, 2017

Community center, parks, streets, public safety focus of Anaheim’s budget

Ponderosa

ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 20, 2017) — What’s in Anaheim’s newly adopted city budget? In short, the things that touch the daily lives of our residents, businesses and visitors.

There’s a new community center that helps make life easier for families. Renovations that make Anaheim’s parks better places to play. Street upgrades that make daily commutes better and safer. A new fire station and additional police officers to keep our community safe.

The City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a $1.7 billion budget covering Anaheim’s projected spending for the next 12 months through June 2018. The action came after more than a dozen neighborhood meetings and City Council and commission workshops to share the then-proposed budget with the community.


BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS

Ponderosa Community Center

The budget includes $6.9 million in funding to complete,  staff and operate Anaheim’s newest community center at Ponderosa Park, located along Orangewood Avenue at Haster Street.

The 18,400-square-foot center is set to open this fall and includes a gymnasium, teen room, classrooms and more.

The center is what’s known as a family resource center, offering homework help, field trips, sports and games for kids, and English-language, parenting, fitness and other classes for families.

Residents also can get help with resumes, job searches, filling out forms, translation help and referrals to other services.

The new community center, which replaces an older, outgrown facility at Ponderosa Park, will play a vital role in the lives of people in the neighborhood, many of whom are first- or second-generation residents.

Transportation Improvements

The budget includes $76 million in spending on upgrades to streets, traffic signals, landscaping as well as resurfacing of streets. Projects include:

  • The widening of Brookhurst Street from La Palma Avenue to the Riverside (91) Freeway, going from four to six lanes. Along with improving traffic, the project will add bike lanes and landscaped medians and parkways and is set to finish in 2018.
  • Replacing street lights along the 1.5-mile stretch of Beach Boulevard  in Anaheim. The project will improve visibility and safety and is part of the city’s larger effort to revitalize Beach Boulevard.
  • Street improvements, including new traffic lane striping, signal loops, pavement markings and curbs on Cerritos Avenue, Blue Gum Street, Orange Avenue, Gilbert Street, Miraloma Avenue and Rio Vista Street.  

Parks

The budget includes $13 million in funding for parks, trails and facilities, including:

  • $2.3 million to create Anaheim Coves North, an 11.4-acre nature area with a trail on the west side of the Santa Ana River, set to finish in 2018.
  • $800,000 for updates and repairs to parks throughout the city, including play area improvements and restroom renovations.
  • $800,000 for a skate park at Manzanita Park, set to open in 2018.
  • $300,000 for improvements to the Gramercy Trail, which is part of the Oak Canyon Trail in east Anaheim. The project is set to include signs on the area’s plant life and open in 2018.
  • $410,000 for a gated, outdoor green space at Anaheim Central Library for children’s events with added lights, benches, drinking fountains, trees and other landscaping. The project is set to finish in 2018.
  • $300,000 for relocation of the iconic Home Oil Co. building, now vacant, to Ross Park as a venue for park programs. The project is set to finish in 2018.

Public Safety

The budget includes $5 million in funding for Anaheim’s first new fire station since 2007. Station 5 is set to break ground in July and finish in mid-2018. The 9,481-square-foot station on La Palma Avenue near the Orange (57) Freeway will replace a 56-year-old station on Kraemer Boulevard and improve response times in the area to four minutes or less.

The budget also includes $2 million in funding to hire 10 police officers as part of the final year of the “40 in four” initiative to add 40 officers in four years. Funding for these new officers comes from a $2.9 million general fund surplus above and beyond projected spending for the year.


BY THE NUMBERS

$1.7 billion

Anaheim’s overall city budget. It includes the city’s general fund for day-to-day services, a capital improvement program for big projects and enterprise funds for the city’s water and power utility, the Anaheim Convention Center, golf courses and other facilities.

Anaheim’s overall budget for fiscal year 2017-18 is 3 percent lower from the prior fiscal year, due largely to September’s pending completion of the Anaheim Convention Center expansion, which will reduce construction-related expenses in the newly adopted budget.


$732 million

Anaheim’s enterprise funds. They cover city operations that collect revenue for providing services to customers. These include Anaheim Public Utilities, the city’s not-for-profit water and power provider, and the Convention, Sports & Entertainment department, which runs the Anaheim Convention Center and oversees Honda Center, Angel Stadium of Anaheim and the ARTIC transit center.

Enterprise funds make up the largest portion of Anaheim’s overall budget, with the money they generate going to offset the expense of their operations or to fund improvements. Enterprise funds are 12 percent lower than the prior year with the winding down of the Anaheim Convention Center expansion.


$313 million

Anaheim’s general fund. This is the city’s main source of funding day-to-day operations and covers spending on staffing and offerings at parks, libraries and community centers as well as public safety and other city services. The general fund is up 2 percent from the prior fiscal year.


$224 million

Anaheim’s capital improvement program. This funds improvements to parks, a new fire station, roadways, sewers, landscapes, electric and water systems and more. The capital improvement program is funded by outside sources including the state’s gasoline tax, a portion of sales tax for transportation, federal Community Development Block Grants, developer fees and other sources.


$33.2 million

Anaheim’s reserve balance, equal to 11 percent of the general fund.


For more on the city of Anaheim’s budget, visit Anaheim.net/mycitybudget.

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