Bloomberg's 2011 Budget Cuts
January 28th, 2010
Calling the city’s fiscal situation “worrisome,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg released a $63.64 billion budget for fiscal year 2011 this afternoon that takes a hard line on labor and cuts $1.6 billion from city agencies.
Bloomberg’s proposal cuts $500 million from agencies this fiscal year and another $1.1 billion from next year’s budget. The cuts from this fiscal year have already been implemented, Bloomberg said. Under Bloomberg’s budget, the city’s workforce would be reduced by 5,177 over those two fiscal years — about three-quarters is expected to come from attrition. The mayor also suggested starting to tax aviation fuel, which could add $169 million to the city’s sales tax revenue in the next fiscal year.
In response to the cuts, the mayor said, “Don’t measure the quality of city services by the quantity of city services.”
Under the mayor’s plan, controllable city services, which do not include health and pension costs, would fall by 1.8 percent from fiscal year 2010, which ends in June. These cuts are the seventh round the administration has taken since 2007.
Here are some examples from the mayor’s proposal:
Reduce Subsides to Library Systems: $12.9 million (10), $22.1 million (11)
Close Four Pools and Shorten Outdoor Pool Season by Two Weeks: $1.4 million
Uniform Attrition of 892 Officers: $55.4 million
Reduction in Overtime Spending via Improved OT Management Strategies: $25 million (10), $50 million
Eliminate Staffing of Four Additional Engine Companies: $5.6 million
Eliminate Fifth Firefighter on 60 Engine Companies: $7.9 million
Increase Commercial Parking Rates from $2 to $2.50 Per Hour in Midtown Manhattan: $4.1 million
Hire 29 Additional Tax Auditors to Increase Audit Revenue: $6.2 million (10), $13.1 million (11)
Eliminate 32 Units in Protective Services Increasing Caseload Average to 10.6 from 9.5: $5.9 million
Reduce by 248 Direct City Case Management Staff at HIV/AIDS Services Administration: $4.2 million
Close a 24 Hour Drop-In Center in Manhattan: $1.0 million (10), $2.4 million (11)
Eliminate Nurse Coverage for Elementary Schools with Less than 300 Students: $3.1 million
Reduction of 291 Uniformed Positions through Increased Staffing Efficiencies: $8.1 million (10), $26.9 million (11)
Reduce Utilization of Detention Capacity: $5.0 million
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