A message from our CEO, Phil A. Washington:
When the state of California was locked down earlier this year, the magnitude of the impact on sales tax revenues Metro and the region relies on were uncertain. Thanks to tight budget controls and emergency relief funding granted to Metro through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this year’s budget is balanced, streamlined, and fiscally responsible. The total FY21 Proposed Budget is $6.0 billion, a decrease of 16.5% from the prior year, due in large part to the economic challenges of the pandemic. Despite economic challenges, the budget does not include staffing reductions, demonstrating Metro’s commitment to preserving jobs. This budget also illustrates our enduring commitment to provide critical transportation services throughout the County. Metro has a significant impact on the local economy and on the lives of all County residents. With this in mind, we must make careful choices focused on equity, sustainability, and reimagining the future. If we are willing to break out from established ways and get creative, we can and will make it through this pandemic and its recovery together, bigger and better than before.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, the public outreach for the FY21 budget was temporarily put on hold in mid-March. We have now resumed all FY21 budget outreach activities and we are moving forward with public engagement on the FY21 budget. We are continuing to solicit meaningful input from the public and stakeholders via public community meetings, a public hearing, English and Spanish questionaires and via email. In the last 25 years, we’ve made progress in creating more transportation options for everyone. But there is still more to do. We are listening to you, LA. Tell us what you’d like to see more from us.
There are a few ways you can make your voice heard and help shape Metro’s FY21 budget:
Hay algunas maneras de hacer que se escuche su voz y ayudar a dar forma al presupuesto FY21 de Metro:
1. Join us for a special Regional Service Council Meeting to learn, review and comment on Metro's proposed budget. Únase a nosotros para una reunión especial del Concilio Regional de Servicios para conocer, revisar y comentar sobre el presupuesto propuesto de Metro para el año fiscal 21.
Regional Service Council
Thursday, September 3, 2020 from 6-8 p.m.
Watch online: Link to stream will appear here under Upcoming Events when the meeting begins.
To listen by phone: Dial 877.422.8614, enter Meeting Extension 4700419#
To provide public comment by phone, call 877.422.8614 and enter meeting extension 4700423#
Consejo de Servicio Regional
Jueves 3 de septiembre de 2020 de 6-8pm
El enlace a la transmisión aparecerá aquí en Upcoming Events cuando comience la reunión.
Para escuchar la audiencia publica en español, marque 877.422.8614, ingrese a la extensión de reunión 4127050#
Para proporcionar comentarios públicos por teléfono, llame al 877.422.8614 e ingrese la extensión de reunión 4127057#
2. Join our virtual Public Budget Hearing and provide your comments on the budget. Únase a una audiencia virtual de presupuesto público en septiembre y brinde su opinión sobre el presupuesto.