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 [FY21 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 resumed all FY21 budget public engagement in the summer by soliciting 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 listened to you, LA. Click here to view the FY21 adopted budget.