Sun. Jul 21st, 2024

SANTA ANA, Calif. – The Santa Ana City Council has unanimously approved the 2024-25 City budget, adding a range of new programs sought by the community while making long-term investments in City roads and public facilities.

“This balanced budget continues the high-quality services our residents have come to expect, while also planning for Santa Ana’s future,” Mayor Valerie Amezcua said. “The City of Santa Ana is investing millions of dollars in better roads, expanded libraries, improved parks, and other City facilities that will be enjoyed by future generations.”

The budget approved on Tuesday, June 18, 2024, includes a $406.7 million general fund that pays for core services and programs such as public safety, street and facility maintenance, libraries, and parks. The total budget, including funds restricted for specific uses, is $734 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Over 2,400 community members participated in the budget process by taking the City’s budget survey, attending one of seven community budget meetings or engaging with City staff to share their ideas and priorities for City spending.

The new budget and the City’s Capital Improvement Program include additional funding for:

  • Over $30 million for street and traffic safety improvements
  • Safe Routes to School Projects, such as street signage, road striping and crosswalks
  • Youth programs
  • A children’s zoo at Santa Ana Zoo
  • Public art
  • Bus stop maintenance
  • Pothole repairs
  • Technology improvements for the police dispatch center
  • Bristol Street improvements from Warner Avenue to St. Andrew Place
  • Upgraded traffic signals on Segerstrom Avenue at Raitt and Flower streets
  • Redesign of Chepa’s Park
  • Outdoor library at Jerome Park

The City of Santa Ana has a AA credit rating from Standard and Poor’s and maintains an 18% general fund reserve of $73 million, thanks to careful financial planning by the City Council.

Revive Santa Ana projects

Additionally, the City is moving forward with several major pandemic recovery projects over the next couple of years as part of the Revive Santa Ana initiative funded by the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA.) Those include:

  • The largest renovation and modernization of the Main Library in over 60 years
  • Renovation of the Newhope Branch Library
  • A new library branch at Delhi Center and an innovative outdoor library at Jerome Park
  • Construction of a modern Memorial Park Aquatics Facility to replace the park’s aging pool
  • Santa Anita Community Center renovations
  • Centennial Park lake renovation
  • Digital marquees at local parks to improve City communication with residents

Over the past three years, the City has already used much of its $128 million in ARPA funds for numerous projects, such as neighborhood street lighting, new park restrooms, youth and library programs, free food distributions, homeless rapid response, artist grants, and financial assistance for residents, small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Measure X spending

The voter-approved Measure X sales tax has played an essential role in the City’s ability to expand services year after year while investing in long-term improvements. From 2019 through June 30, 2025, the City estimates it will have collected $428.7 million from Measure X.

More than a quarter of the Measure X funds have gone to preserving and enhancing public safety services, and over $10 million has gone to address the impacts of homelessness. The sales tax revenue has also been used to fix streets, maintain parks, provide youth services, rehabilitate aging City facilities, increase tree trimming, and more.

Measure X funds 21% of the general fund budget, but the 1.5% sales tax rate will decrease to 1% on April 1, 2029. The City is planning now for this drop in revenue by controlling spending, modernizing services, updating the Strategic Plan, and growing the City’s tax base through new development.



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The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

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One thought on “The Santa Ana City Council unanimously approved a huge 2024-25 budget”
  1. Spending money faster than a drunken sailor. What happens when the city is in a really deep debt hole AND they’ve raised taxes astronomically? What happens then?

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