Port of Oakland Oks FY 2021 budget midst COVID-19 crisis
Coronavirus-induced business declines have prompted the Port of Oakland to curtail Fiscal Year 2021 spending plans. Port Commissioners last week approved a budget for next year down 15.84 percent from FY 2020 levels, the company said in its release.
The Port budget projects $432.5 million in operating and capital expenditures and debt service payments next year. That’s reduced from last year’s $513.6 million budget. According to the Port, lower spending reflects anticipated declines in its Aviation and Maritime businesses.
The Port said its new budget would achieve key financial objectives that include:
• Protecting cash reserves
• Ensuring adequate revenue to pay down debt; and
• Maintaining full operations at its Airport, Seaport and Commercial Real Estate
“This budget is based on neither unsubstantiated hope nor on speculation of any worst-case scenario,” said Port of Oakland Executive Director Danny Wan. “It is based on best estimates of how our business may recover, assuming that our communities and country make slow but steady progress in containing the COVID-19 virus.”
The economic impact of COVID-19 is likely to continue depressing revenue in FY 2021, the Port said. Oakland International Airport passenger volume plummeted 80-to-96 percent this spring, the Port said. It warned that recovery in the aviation sector could take 2-to-3 years. Maritime business could recover faster, the Port said, but Oakland’s total cargo volume is off 7.8 percent so far, this calendar year.
The Port said its FY 2021 budget includes $19.1 million of federal coronavirus relief funding. An additional $25.5 million will be used in 2022 and 2023, the Port added.
The Port’s FY 2021 budget takes effect July 1, 2020.
About the Port of Oakland
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland Seaport, Oakland International Airport, and nearly 20 miles of waterfront including Jack London Square. The Port's 5-year strategic plan - Growth with Care - pairs business expansion with community benefits, envisioning more jobs and economic stimulus as the Port grows. Together with its business partners, the Port supports more than 84,000 jobs.