In recent years, the City Council and de Blasio Administration have greatly expanded the funding for legal services for low-income New Yorkers facing civil proceedings in court. IBO examines how this funding for civil legal assistance has grown.
A key part of the Mayor Adam's Program to the Eliminate the Gap (PEG) is budgeted headcount reductions. IBO examines how other actions contained within the budget affect the number of headcount reductions the Mayor proposes to make.
There’s been much attention over the past year to how much the city spends on the police department. But policing is only one part, albeit a large one, of a bigger system that includes the courts, detention & related functions. We look at the full cost of the justice system and how much it has grown
The Adams Administration added funds for homeless shelter costs in the Preliminary Budget. IBO estimates that additional funds for shelter will be necessary, and that the city will also need to increase budgeted amounts for its homeless outreach and its housing voucher programs in fiscal year 2023.
The tumbling stock market has inevitably taken a toll on the value of the city’s pension funds. That means the city may have to increase its contributions to the funds by tens of million—if not hundreds of millions--of dollars in the coming years. We look at a few scenarios.
Kindergarteners attending public school in NYC must apply through DOE’s centralized kindergarten choice process. While most students apply to zoned school, they can also apply to out-of-zone schools. School performance is likely a factor in a family’s decision to apply out-of-zone.
Under federal and state law, families with young children receiving cash assistance and participating in work or training programs are guaranteed vouchers to pay for their choice of child care providers.
Are the city’s more than 70 public hospitals and clinics located in neighborhoods with heavy concentrations of the uninsured? IBO has mapped the location of public hospital facilities and the share of uninsured in the city’s 59 community districts.
Preliminary data for fiscal year 2014 indicate the city received about $41 million in revenue from camera-generated redlight, bus-lane, and now speeding summonses, as well as $14 million in ticket revenue from traffic violations written up by police officers.
Although students with disabilities comprised about 18 percent of the overall student body in school year 2012-2013, they made up about 30 percent of the suspended student population (defined as the population of students who have been suspended at least one time).
NYC BY THE NUMBERS: Subway ridership is way down. Which stations have seen the biggest declines in passenger entrances and what might plummeting ridership mean in terms of lost revenue for NYC Transit?
The number of students in the city’s public schools who lived for some part of the school year in New York’s homeless shelters during school year 2015-2016 rose by more than 4,000, or 15 percent, over the preceding year to nearly 33,000.
Anticipating a reduction in rental income, NYC sharply reduced the assessments used to calculate ‘22 tax bills. These reductions turned out to be an overestimate & the ’23 tax roll now reflects this as projected growth. IBO examines the reason for the change.
PRELIMINARY BUDGET FOCUS: The Covid-driven tailspin in the local economy has led to a big drop in expected property tax revenue next year. We explain how the finance department derives the market and assessed values underlying the falloff in projected revenue.
Memorandum: Audit: Review, Evaluation, and Monitoring of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Response Practices
New York City Independent Budget Office from the New York City Equal Employment Practices Commission
PRELIMINARY BUDGET FOCUS: Even with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on track to receive $6.5 billion in additional federal aid, there is still potential trouble ahead—for the authority and the city.
We’ve updated and reformulated our compendium of ways the city can raise money or cut spending. Budget Options for New York City is now designed as a web-based publication. This enables us to update budget options or add new ones as circumstances change or new information becomes available.
IBO presents 10 new ways NYC can cut costs or raise revenue. As with all of our 100+ options, we neither endorse nor reject the ideas. See the descriptions & estimates of revenues/savings, with pros & cons for each option.
Report focuses on the allocation and uses of resources for various competing budget priorities, including the various options available for saving money and raising revenue, as well as the weighed/approximated costs and benefits for each option.
A recent court decision may allow Gowanus to be the next neighborhood rezoned under the Mayor’s initiative, but 6 other neighborhood rezoning plans—from East New York to the Bay Street corridor--are already approved and underway. We look at the status of funding for 87 local projects.
For years, nonprofit social & human service providers have contended that city contracts did not fully cover indirect costs such as rent & utilities. The de Blasio Admin promised more funding, then reduced the allocation. Now the initiative to support indirect costs is fully funded—but for how long?
As an advisory commission appointed by the Mayor and Council Speaker looks at ways to reform the city’s property tax system, we consider an idea suggested by a number of policy- and opinion-makers: reducing the percentage of a home’s market value that is subject to the property tax.
In our report on the Executive Budget, IBO presents our projections of tax revenues, our reestimates of spending under the Mayor’s proposals, and the resulting budget gaps and surpluses. The report also features our latest economic forecast, as well as outstanding risks.
NYC BY THE NUMBERS: Since the de Blasio Administration began discharging people from the city’s jails to lessen the risk of Covid-19 contagion, the jail population has dropped by nearly 30 percent. Were some groups of people in custody more likely to be released than others? See the comparisons
NYC BY THE NUMBERS: Based on recommendations from the city’s Board of Correction, the de Blasio Administration is considering the release of some people now held in the city’s jails. How many people in custody might be released?
REPORT: The Covid-19 pandemic has played havoc with the city’s economy. We make some initial estimates of the resulting job losses and tax revenue declines compared with our estimates from just a couple of months ago.
Included in its Preliminary Budget, the Adams Administration proposed 3 tax programs: one to enhance the value of city’s EITC, which increases the value of wages and salaries for low- and moderate-income tax filer; as well as 2 tax breaks to incentivize the development of childcare programs in NYC
Our data detailing school spending since 1990 has been updated and now features interactive charts and graphs. It includes information on per pupil spending, revenue sources, and school debt service and pension costs.