La Mirada expects ‘return to normal’ in proposed budget – Whittier Daily News

After a year in which revenue shrank by more than $8 million, La Mirada city officials have predicted a return to normalcy.

Sales tax revenue, which is expected to decrease by more than $1.2 million to $10.2 million in the year ending on June 30, should go back up to about $11.7 million in the next fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, according to the budget presented in a City Council study session on Tuesday, May 11.

In addition, the city’s theater is expected to reopen. It made no money this year but is now expected to generate more than $4.4 million.

Also, Buccaneer Bay, the family fun area in Splash, the city’s aquatic center, is expected to reopen in Memorial Day. As a result, revenue, which is estimated at $110,000 this year, is expected to increase to more than $1.7 million.

“This has been a unique year coming out of the pandemic,” City Manager Jeff Boynton said.

“We’re anticipating a return to normal operations,” Boynton said. “”In the current year our Community Services and Theater departments have been altered. We’re expecting a more normal year.”

Boynton’s proposed operating budget of $38.5 million — up from about $28.2 million this year — again will be balanced since total revenue is expected to increase from nearly $31 million to nearly $40 million.

However, the city’s reserve will decrease from an estimated $41.3 million as of June 30 to about $34 million because Boynton is recommending paying $3.5 million toward reducing its unfunded pension liability to about $8 million and the rest to help pay for a more than $18.4 million capital project program.

The proposal includes two residential projects. repaving the south side of Imperial Highway from Wicker Drive to Valley View Avenue, slurry sealing of Santa Gertrudes Avenue and Hillsborough Drive, and replacement of Creek Park vehicle bridge which can no longer support the weight of vehicles.

Not all parts are going toward normalcy. The city’s annual July 3 fireworks show will not be held for the second straight year.

The city has not received approval from Los Angeles County Public Health Department to hold the even and probably couldn’t meet the requirements even if it did, said Oiver Osuna, community services directo.

The county would require a reservation process to control the numbers — something that can’t be done at a wide-open park, Osuna said. Plus, the city doesn’t have enough staff to enforce social-distance requirements, he added.

“It’s a mass gathering type of event the county has precluded,” Boynton said.

Council members were disappointed.

“I know the public was really looking forward to the Independence Day celebration,” Councilman John Lewis said.

However, the city theater’s Broadway series is expected to go ahead with five shows: “Clue,” “In The Heights,” “Mama Mia,” “Million Dollar Quartet,” and “Sound of Music,” Boynton said.

Whether there will be capacity limits remains uncertain, he said.

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