Short answer: $51 million of services in 2016, including policing, social services, and tourism promotion, plus more for construction projects

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The City of West Hollywood contracts for services from businesses, individuals, and other governments. Some of those services are provided directly to the community, such as policing by the Sheriff’s Department. Others are used by the City in its operations.

The City’s 2016 operating budget includes $51 million for contracted services. That’s 50% more than the City spends on its staff. The amount has increased 22% from 2013 to 2016. You can see the dollar amounts in the chart below by hovering over or touching the columns.

Source: City of West Hollywood, Operating Budget, 2nd Year Update, Fiscal Year 2015-2016.

In addition, the City has budgeted $5.8 million for capital expenditures in 2016. We assume much of that goes into contracts with construction and design firms.


City divisions with big contracted services

We can see broadly what the City is contracting for by looking at how much each division has in the operating budget for those services. One third is for policing and protective services ($18 million), most of it for the Sheriff’s Department contract. The other big amounts are for social services and transit ($8 million), economic development including tourism ($6 million), parking ($5 million), the city engineer ($3 million), and city facilities ($3 million). These amounts exclude capital projects like the new City Hall garage.

Sources: City of West Hollywood, data.weho.org, Budget Expenditure Detail FY13-16, accessed April, 2016; our analysis.


West Hollywood’s active contracts

We can see specifically what the City is contracting for by looking at the individual contracts. The table below lists 664 West Hollywood contracts that were active as of November, 2015. You can use the scrollbars to move around. You can also sort the rows by clicking on one of the column headings.

Note: We calculated the contract length in months (rounded up) using the City’s entered into and expiration dates, if available. Sources: City of West Hollywood, data.weho.org, Active Contracts, updated as of November 10, 2015, accessed April, 2016; our analysis.

We have dollar amounts for 571 of the 664 contracts. Among the 571, the biggest were for:

  • Tourism promotion (Visit West Hollywood), $22 million over 5 1/2 years
  • Parking enforcement, $20 million over 14 years
  • CityLine/Dial-a-Ride transit services, $18 million over 10 years
  • Construction of the new City Hall parking structure, $12 million over 2 years
  • Red light photo enforcement, $7 million over 14 years

Some contractors have multiple contracts. For example, Heery International has three contracts because they’re providing construction management services for three major projects.

More information is available from the City’s open data website.


Big contracts by dollar amount per year

For the 571 contracts with dollar amounts, we made a rough estimate of the amount per year. The Sheriff’s Department contract isn’t one of the 571, but we included a rough estimate for that one too. Based on those estimates, 10 big contracts are shown in the chart below:

Notes: For contracts of one year or less, we used the full amount as the annual amount. For longer contracts, we calculated the number of contract months (rounded up), calculated the total contract amount per month, and multiplied by 12 to get an annual amount. The estimate for the Sheriff’s contract comes from our March 30 article. Sources: City of West Hollywood, data.weho.org, Active Contracts, updated as of November 10, 2015, accessed April, 2016; our analysis.


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Short answer: $51 million of services in 2016, including policing, social services, and tourism promotion, plus more for construction projects| The City of West Hollywood contracts for services from businesses, individuals, and other governments. Some of those services are provided directly to the community, such as policing by the...