INTRODUCTION
The City of Long Beach has an annual budget of approximately $2.8 billion. The only portion of the budget that is completely discretionary is the General Fund, which accounts for only 20 percent ($554 million) of the total budget. The General Fund provides much of the resources for critical City services, including police patrol, fire response, parks and recreation, library services, and streets and sidewalks.

Public input is an important and valued part of the budget preparation process. Accordingly, the following survey has been developed to help us understand what you believe should be the City’s General Fund priorities.

INSTRUCTIONS
The services listed below are representative of those that are funded in large part by the General Fund, and are not fully offset be fees or fines. Please rate the following services by how they make the City of Long Beach better for you.

Question Title

* Please check one box for each service.

  Very Important Somewhat Important Not Very Important Not at All Important No Opinion
Providing free or low-cost recreation programs for youth and teens
Maintaining and repairing public buildings (community and senior centers, fire stations, libraries, etc.)
Providing special events and programs for families
Maintaining a low crime rate
Preparing the community for emergencies or disasters
Providing programs for seniors
Maintaining parks
Enforcing traffic laws to protect the safety of pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers
Providing fire protection services
Keeping the City attractive and eliminating blight
Planning for the future of the city
Maintaining and repairing streets (fixing potholes, etc.)
Creating new parks and open space
Providing business assistance and supporting economic development
Providing access to libraries (hours of operation)
Paying down the City’s unfunded liabilities (pensions, heath care, etc.)
Maintaining and repairing sidewalks
Reducing ocean pollution by improving storm drains
Providing library books, media, access to technology, programs and services (reading, homework help, etc.)
Providing animal care/animal control services
Providing code enforcement services (citing blighted buildings, etc.)
Providing prompt graffiti removal services
Providing specialized Police units (property crimes, directed enforcement, etc.)
Providing arts and cultural programs
Providing public access to the internet
Maintaining a strong budget reserve
Trimming trees on residential streets
Providing environmental sustainability programs
Providing nuisance abatement programs (loitering, illegal drug activity, excessive noise, etc.)
Providing translating services (Language Access)
Providing neighborhood police patrols
Providing services and identifying solutions that address homelessness
Providing emergency medical services (paramedics, EMS)
Prosecuting all adult misdemeanor crimes committed in the City
Providing affordable housing
Collecting illegally dumped items
Please tell us a little bit about yourself:

Question Title

* What zip code do you live in?

Question Title

* Please use the following space to provide any comments you might have regarding any of the survey items, or things the survey did not cover.

T