Community boards play a vital role in key decisions that affect all our neighborhoods. This requires extensive work and reflects the strong commitment of board members and staff to the districts they serve.
As Chair of the Governmental Operations Committee and as a former community board member, I know firsthand the challenges you face. Not only do I want to ensure that there are no cuts to community board budgets, I will be proposing a budget increase for community boards in the upcoming fiscal year.
Here’s some background on recent budget allocations for community boards:
- In the four fiscal years between 2012 and 2015 there was no increase in the base budgets (Personal Services and Other than Personal Services)
- Base budgets increased by $23,000 in 2016 but only increased by $4,016 in 2017
- In FY 2018 there was no increase
- The Mayor’s Preliminary Budget for 2019 does not show any change in community board budgets
The reality is that even when funding remains static, other things are changing. Community development rezoning requires the expertise and skills of urban planners. Rising costs of housing, overcrowding and strains on infrastructure and public services are reflected in the constituent concerns that community boards must address. Outreach and increasing constituent participation in board meetings and input in land use decisions are restricted by inadequate space, and staff is overburdened.
I want to hear from you, about how a budget increase would assist your Community Board to better serve you! Take the Community Board Survey