Earlier this week, the Mayor announced a $22 million annual increase to address the city’s opioid crisis. This money will help DOHMH improve their crisis response, intervention and treatment clinics.
In addition, the City Council Committee on Finance, Chaired by Council Member Danny Dromm, and the Subcommittee on the Capital Budget, Chaired by Council Member Vanessa Gibson, held a joint hearing on the Mayor’s FY19 preliminary capital budget, which includes $11 billion in new capital spending citywide. In addition, the Council reviewed the City’s capital budgeting processes broadly, using this opportunity to express concerns about inefficiencies in the City’s current processes and about the impact shifts in lending rates may have on the City’s annual capital debt service costs. The Council emphasized that this will be an area of focus for the Council moving forward and we anticipate the City’s capital budget will have a more prominent role in this year’s budget negotiations overall. It is important to note that the Council has been reviewing the City’s overall capital budget and at this time, seems less focused on examining City funding that is annually awarded to nonprofit organizations undertaking capital projects. To read more about the City’s preliminary capital budget and the City Council’s oversight, click here.