FY 2020-2021 AND FY 2021-2022 BIENNIAL BUDGET Process


A city budget is a planning tool that matches the services desired by the community to the estimated resources available to provide those services, such as police, fire, recreation, community development, public works, and administrative services. El Cerrito’s biennial budget provides a detailed plan for two upcoming fiscal years, as well as forecasts that attempt to anticipate future needs and opportunities.


The El Cerrito City Council will adopt the next biennial budget by no later than June 30, 2020. The public is always welcome to attend Council meetings. A running list of Council budget actions and other updates is shown at the right under "Budget Process Updates."

Budget Town Hall 

The public is encouraged to participate in the budget development process. The City will hold a Community Budget Town Hall meeting on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m in City Hall. This meeting will be an opportunity for community members to learn about the City’s budget and current financial position, budget trends over time, how the City got to our current status, and ask questions of staff and City Councilmembers in attendance. The meeting will be livestreamed and recorded.

PROPOSED FY 2020-2021 and FY 2021-2022 BIENNIAL BUDGET

Once it becomes available, you will be able to view an electronic version of the FY 2020-2021 and FY 2021-2022 Proposed Budget Book. You will also be able to review a hardcopy at City Hall and at the El Cerrito Library during business hours.

ROLE OF THE Financial Advisory Board

The Financial Advisory Board ("FAB") is a group of residents appointed to review the proposed annual (or biennial) budget and long-term financial plan for the City, in order to assist the City Council in making decisions on major expenditures and revenue sources. The FAB meets monthly and the public is welcome to attend.
  1. City Manager provides a fiscal update to the City Council

    The City Manager provided a budget update to the City Council and outlined some upcoming opportunities for our community to participate in shaping the future of our City. At the upcoming City Council meetings on February 4 and February 18, 2020, City Read on...
  2. City announces Community Town Hall Budget Meeting

    Residents are invited to learn about the City’s budget and current financial position, and ask questions of staff. The townhall will be presented by the City staff and City Councilmembers. It is open to the public. The public will be allowed to ask Read on...
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