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Why are the Fountains Turned Off?

Post Date:08/07/2017 10:13 AM

Why are the fountains turned off?

As a result of Measure D failing at the polls in March 2017, the City faced a $5 million shortfall for funding City operations.  Since April 2017, many community meetings were held that focused on this financial situation and how to address the 25% loss of revenue.  With adoption of the budget in June 2017, four strategies were implemented to temporarily solve this problem:

  • Budget cuts
  • Defunding some capital projects
  • Repurposing funds that had been set aside for the replacement of equipment
  • Using reserves

As one of the citywide budget cuts, the City Council temporarily eliminated the contract and maintenance services of all City fountains; this reduction saves the City approximately $20,000 for the year. Additionally, several of the City’s fountains are in need of capital outlay to rehabilitate repair pumps, piping, basins and other features. The City does not have funding in the budget for the necessary repairs. 

However, the budget situation identifies an opportunity for residents to support City projects and services, at least potentially until a new substantial revenue source can be established. Residents may be interested in contributing to the City for replacing the pump and the cost of operation and maintenance.   If you have specific questions about contributing, please call (310) 378-0383.

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