How Much Does Mayor Bloomberg Want to Cut from the Department of Cultural Affairs?

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According to Norma Munn, chairperson of the New York City Arts Coalition, the answer is $18.3 million or so. Here is the email I received from her, now that Mayor Bloomberg has unveiled his budget:

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The following data is in three parts:
Where we started the current year
Impact of mid year budget cut
Today’s Executive Budget Proposals

Start FY 2009 Mid Year Cut Exec FY2010 Change
Agency Total* Agency Total* Agency Total Agency Total
$152.6 million $148.8 million $130.5 million $18.3 cut

*NOTE: THESE TOTALS INCLUDE $8.5 MILLION of COUNCIL ONE TIME INITATIVES.
THESE ONE TIME ITEMS ARE ALWAYS ELIMINATED IN THE EXECUTIVE BUDGET.
TRANSLATED THAT MEANS THE BASELINE FOR FY2009 IS $144.1 M.

Breakdown of above Totals:
Start FY 2009 Mid Year Cut Exec FY2010 Change
CIG $118.2 $115.2 $104.4 $10.8 cut
Program $29.7 $28.9 $21.3 $7.6 cut
DCA/adm $4.7 $4.7 $4.8 no cut

As per Norma:

City indicates that these new numbers equal a 15.3% decrease from BASELINE FY 2009. I am sure no one will agree with those percentages, but that baseline is the level from which the Mayor’s negotiators work. It also the information provided to the press.

This is a Proposed budget from the Mayor, and hearings and negotiations will now start with the City Council. Your efforts can prevent it becoming reality.

If you have not contacted your Council member to explain what these cuts will do to your group, it is absolutely essential that you do so NOW. While this budget will probably appear to take a few weeks to negotiate, there are clear indications of positions already being firmed up and one of those is with regard to cultural restorations.

The early and sustained effort at the State level is the only reason we achieved partial restoration of those proposed cuts. As weary as we all are of this process, restoration requires enormous effort from those impacted.