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Posted on: June 20, 2018

Anaheim’s budget: bettering roads, parks, libraries, community centers, ensuring public safety


ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 20, 2018) — Anaheim’s budget for the next 12 months dedicates more than $550 million in direct spending on public safety, community services and projects to better the city’s roads, utilities, parks, libraries and more.

Within the budget are: new skate parks, playgrounds and upgrades to parks and libraries across the city; Anaheim’s first new fire station since 2007; upgrades to streets and bridges across the city; and major investments in Anaheim’s electric and utility systems, which bring reliable, cost-effective service to residents, businesses and visitors.

Anaheim's City Council on early Wednesday unanimously adopted a $1.9 billion budget covering projected spending for the 12 months from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019. The action came after several neighborhood meetings and city workshops in which city staff members shared the spending plan with the community.


$1.9 billion

Anaheim’s overall city budget. It includes the city’s general fund for day-to-day services, a capital improvement program for big projects and enterprise funds for the city’s water and power utility, the Anaheim Convention Center, golf courses and other facilities. Anaheim’s overall budget for fiscal year 2018-19 is up 2 percent from the prior fiscal year.

$728 million

Anaheim’s enterprise funds. They cover city operations that collect revenue for providing services to customers. These include Anaheim Public Utilities, the city’s not-for-profit water and electricity provider, and the Convention, Sports & Entertainment department, which runs the Anaheim Convention Center and oversees Honda Center, Angel Stadium of Anaheim, City National Grove of Anaheim and the ARTIC transit center.

Enterprise funds make up the largest portion of Anaheim’s overall budget, with the money they generate going to offset the expense of their operations or to fund improvements. Spending in enterprise funds is unchanged from the prior year.

$326.5 million

Anaheim’s general fund. This is the city’s main source of funding for day-to-day operations and covers spending on staffing and offerings at parks, libraries and community centers as well as public safety and other city services. The general fund is up 4 percent from the prior fiscal year.

$230.4 million

Anaheim’s capital improvement program, up 3 percent from the prior fiscal year. The capital improvement program funds upgrades to parks, roadways, sewers, landscapes, electric and water systems and more. The program is funded by outside sources including the state’s gasoline tax, a portion of sales tax for transportation, federal Community Development Block Grants, developer fees and other sources.

$35.3 million

Anaheim’s reserve balance, equal to 11 percent of the general fund.


The city’s general fund covers:

  • 408 police officers
  • 210 firefighters
  • 63 parks
  • Eight community centers
  • Seven libraries
  • Orange County’s only Bookmobile


Skate Parks

The newly adopted budget includes $1.2 million in funding for a skate park at Manzanita Park in north-central Anaheim and the Logan Wells Memorial Skate Park in east Anaheim.

Early work is under way on the 5,000-square-foot Logan Wells Memorial Skate Park near the East Anaheim Gymnasium. The $190,000 project is funded by money raised by the Wells family and the community in honor of Logan Wells, who died in a 2014 traffic accident while skating.

The Manzanita Skate Park will span 12,000 square feet of rails, ramps, ledges, runs and other features. The $1 million skate park is set to next to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim at Manzanita. Work is set to start in late 2018 and finish in mid-2019.

The skate parks will bring Anaheim’s total to eight. The city’s commitment to skate parks reflects Anaheim’s long history with the sport, which dates backs to the 1960s.

Parks, Libraries and Community Centers

Including the skate parks, Anaheim is set to spend $9.6 million on our parks, libraries and community centers in the next 12 months. Other projects include:

  • $800,000 in upgrades to ballfield lights and playgrounds across the city.
  • $700,000 in updates to Julianna Park including a KaBOOM! playground.
  • $550,774 for Central Library outdoor space with a performance stage, science demonstration space, sandbox, trike track, planters and seating.
  • $330,000 in renovations to restroom fixtures, flooring and walls at Twila Reid, Modjeska, Walnut Grove, Yorba Regional and at the Pearson Park Amphitheatre.
  • $98,000 for an outdoor space at Euclid Library and other landscape improvements.

Fire Station

Anaheim’s new budget includes $1.4 million for Fire Station No. 5, the city’s first new fire station since 2007.

The station is set to open in fall 2018 on La Palma Avenue, just west of the Orange (57) Freeway. It replaces a 56-year-old station at 1154 N. Kraemer Blvd., which will close and transfer to Anaheim Public Utilities.

The new station is set to improve fire and medical response times in the area to four minutes or less.

Transportation Improvements

The budget’s capital improvement program includes $96.7 million in spending on upgrades to streets, bridges, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, landscaping, including:

  • Intersection widening at Anaheim Boulevard and Ball Road and at La Palma Avenue and State College Boulevard.
  • Bridge improvements along Tustin Avenue, Kraemer Boulevard, Lakeview Avenue, Crowther Avenue, Magnolia Avenue, Disneyland Drive and the Disneyland parking structure entrance over Ball Road.
  • New sidewalk segments on South Street near East Street, Cerritos Avenue near Euclid Street, West Street near Lincoln Avenue, La Palma Avenue near East Street.
  • New roadway pavement, curbs and gutters, traffic signal upgrades, railroad crossing improvements and median and parkway landscaping across the city.


Electric, Water Systems

The budget’s capital improvement program includes $99.4 million in upgrades by Anaheim Public Utilities to ensure reliable, cost-effective electric and water service. 

Electric system upgrades total $67 million and include undergrounding of electric and other utility wires, substation upgrades, streetlight improvements, replacement of cables, wires, circuits, switches, capacitors and transformers and implementation of automation systems and solar energy for schools.

Water system upgrades total $32.4 million and include improvements to the Linda Vista Complex pumping station, La Palma Complex reservoir, replacement of water mains that bring water to homes and businesses and improvements to wells, pumps, motors, vales, pipes, meters and hydrants.

For more on the city of Anaheim’s budget, visit To view all of the City Council meetings and workshops on the budget, click here.

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