City Budget

City Budget


YOUR CITY BUDGET

A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING THE CITY’S FY2019-20 AND FY2020-21 BIENNIAL BUDGET PROCESS

Want to learn more about local government finances and how the budget process works?  This page will guide you through the City’s biennial (two year) budgeting process and provide you with a list of reference materials to help you expand your knowledge about municipal finances.  The City Council will hold open meetings throughout the winter and spring, and the public is encouraged to participate.  The budget process and reference materials are provided in the section under “QUICK LINKS”.   The City’s Finance Department is responsible for oversight of the City’s financial assets and the fiscal year budget development process, based on direction from the City Council and City Manager. 

 

“The City’s biennial budget serves as a blueprint for allocating the City’s resources over the next two years.  This page is intended to provide up-to-date information, materials and reports so that the community may better understand their public finances and participate in shaping our future.” -Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter

 

FORECASTING OUR FUTURE

One important facet to budgeting is preparing for future revenues and expenses.  Understanding the services that a community needs and desires, as well as the funding available, will help the City Council guide those related decisions.  For the recent presentation to the City Council on this topic, click on the “Forecasting” links.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS – RESOURCES AND INFORMATION

The Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for the City represents the spending plan for infrastructure improvements and other specific large-scale capital purchases, such as major street or park improvements, building construction, and significant facility maintenance or upgrades.  Early in the budget development process, staff assembles a CIP Committee comprised of department directors and the City Manager to assist in the review of CIP projects.  The Engineering and Transportation Department provides direction and support.  The purpose of the group is to collaborate on prospective CIP projects and recommend those closely aligned with the City Council’s priorities.  For a detailed review of the process and current projects, refer to the current FY adopted budget document provided in the Quick Links section of this page.  Below are resources also located on the City’s website that provide further detailed information about the City’ CIP projects.


CALENDAR

Tentative schedule of public meeting dates:
(Please check this page regularly for updates)

Feb 19

City Council presentation on the City’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP)

March 5

City Council Finance Committee discussion of long term budget strategies

April 15

Budget Report Before City Council

May 6

Master Fee Schedule Approval

May 20

Two Year Budget Proposal

June 3

Two Year Budget Adoption Hearing

June 17

City Council Public Hearing and adoption of the FY 2019-20 and 2020-21 proposed biennial budget 

 

 

QUICK LINKS

BIENNIAL BUDGET PROCESS

FORECASTING OUR FUTURE

REFERENCES AND EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS


FOR MORE INFORMATION

The City’s Finance Department is responsible for oversight of the City’s budget development process.  For additional information or resources, please contact David Baum, Finance Director, at Dbaum@sanleandro.org or 510-577-3376.