Loss of redevelopment money and a budget deficit of $4 million have delivered a one-two punch to Hayward's ability to fund social service and arts programs.
On Tuesday, the council will review funding cuts recommended by a committee of residents and city staff, including one that could close the Sun Gallery, which offers a youth art-education program, and one to the Hayward Day Labor Center, which has been making up for the loss of city money through donations from other sources.
The City Council will vote on a final budget June 26.
The state's decision to end redevelopment cut funding available to some of the groups by roughly 65 percent. And the city has been working for the past month to close a $4 million gap in its $122 million budget.
Many arts groups saw their funding requests dramatically reduced. Sun Gallery, which puts on free exhibitions and a youth art-education program, received $33,300 in 2012; the Community Services Commission recommends $19,238 for the coming year.
"That's quite a cut for us," said gallery board member Audrey LePell. "Other than the city, we don't have a permanent source of income and depend on fundraisers."
The city allocated $16,533 to the Municipal Band in 2012; that was cut to a recommended $9,287. The reduction likely would mean fewer free concerts.
"We're hoping the council will change its mind. The band has been going since 1957, and the city has always supported us," said
"It is very difficult to ask 40 qualified musicians to be available for six concerts and 10 rehearsals, when there is no guarantee that more than two concerts will take place," Morelli wrote in an email to the council.
The Hayward Arts Council saw its funding drop from $24,317 in 2012 to a proposed $3,136. According to a staff report, there was miscommunication during the application process. Because of that, city staff is recommending that funding be increased to $14,000.
The arts council's annual school band festival was spared. The commission recommends $7,400, up slightly from 2012's $7,394.
Among social service agencies, Hayward Day Labor Center's funding was cut the most, from $87,600 in 2012 to a recommended $39,342.
"The Day Labor Center serves many clients in our city and does a great job, no question about it," said Sean Reinhart, director of Hayward's library and community services. "But there had always been a plan in place to step down the city's funding as the center became more proficient in getting other funding. They've been doing a pretty good job with that."
Funding was cut to other social service agencies, though not as drastically.
South Hayward Parish food pantry funding was reduced to a proposed $12,201, from $14,442 in 2012. Tri-City Health Center's allocation dropped from $24,900 to a recommended $20,667.
Programs for seniors and those with disabilities also saw a drop in proposed funding.
Spectrum Community Services was reduced from $24,070 in 2012 to a recommended $20,750, and Community Resources for Independent Living's funding went from $24,900 down to a proposed $20,750.
Two exceptions to the cuts were the Alameda County Community Food Bank, which saw funding increase from $16,600 in 2012 to a proposed $20,750. And Horizon Services' allocation rose from $12,450 to a recommended $20,750.
"The Alameda County Food Bank gets a lot of bang for its buck in providing food for low-income residents," Reinhart said. "The Community Services Commission looked at how do we fund key programs that are going to have the most impact in light of limited and diminishing resources."
7 p.m. Tuesday
Hayward City Hall, 777 B St.