West Hollywood Launches Online Survey on Budget Priorities

Have a thought about how the City of West Hollywood should be spending its (our) money?

The city, currently preparing its two-year operating budget, has launched an online survey to solicit feedback from residents businesses and community members about budget priorities.

An announcement of the survey, says the city’s “Finance and Technology Services Department will incorporate responses from community members into budget planning and work-plan development.”

The survey, which takes less than five minutes to complete, is available at www.weho.org/budgetsurvey through May 18.

The city’s operating budget will cover two fiscal years. It will begin on July 1, 2018, and it will run through June 30, 2020.

Approximately 60% of the city’s revenues come from three main sources: transient occupancy tax (hotel room tax), sales tax and property taxes. The most recent fiscal year (2017-18) budget includes $117 million in expenditures. This amount includes $93 million in General Fund expenditures.

The City of West Hollywood maintains a budget-specific open data portal, budget.weho.org, as well as a citywide open data portal at data.weho.org. The portals provide easily accessible information in a user-friendly format.

Additional information about the budget process or the online survey can be obtained from Christine Safriet, senior management analyst with the Finance Department, at (323) 848-6467 or at csafriet@weho.org. People who are deaf or hard of hearing can TTY (323) 848-6496.

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