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.
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.
Tentative schedule of public meeting dates:
(Please check this page regularly for updates)
Budget Report Before City Council
Master Fee Schedule Approval
Two Year Budget Proposal
City Council Public Hearing and adoption of the FY 2019-20 and 2020-21 proposed biennial budget
City Council Public Hearing and adoption of the FY 2019-20 and 2020-21 proposed biennial budget (If needed)
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 Liz Warmerdam, Acting Finance Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-577-3376.