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Can You Solve the City's $216 Million Question?

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa launches his annual budget challenge, asking Angelenos which choices they would make to trim the city's looming deficit.

To spend or not to spend? That is the question Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is asking of Angelenos with his online 2013 budget challenge.

The survey asks participants to produce a balanced budget for fiscal year 2013-2014 by trimming the anticipated $216 million deficit.

“In Los Angeles, we’re making the tough choices to ensure Angelenos get the services they expect, while continuing to invest in our future," Villaraigosa said in a statement Friday. "As a result, crime is at the lowest levels since the 1950’s, and we’re doubling the size of our rail network. As we look towards our budget for FY 2013-2014, we want your input."

Survey participants are required to enter their ZIP code before starting the challenge. The introductory segment of the survey asks participants to prioritize city services and spending initiatives. Following that, participants must decide whether they will cut, increase or make no changes to various city departments, including animal services, public safety and transportation.

Click here to take the challenge.

The 2013 Mayor’s Budget Challenge will remain online until March 4. Physical copies must be returned by Feb. 27.

Physical copies must be mailed to the Office of Neighborhood and Community Services, Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, ATTN: NCS, Amanda R., 200 N. Spring St., Room 303‐D, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

They can be dropped off in person at  City Hall, Office of Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor's Receptionist Desk, ATTN: NCS, Amanda R., 200 N. Spring St., Room 303, Los Angeles, CA 90012, or at Van Nuys City Hall, ATTN: Mayor’s Office, NCS, Amanda R., 14410 Sylvan Street, Rm 211, Van Nuys, CA 91401.

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