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 held 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 provided 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.

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 announces Community Open House about Economic Development

    At the February 1 Community Budget Town Hall meeting, we heard from many residents who expressed interest in economic development activity in El Cerrito. This included, not only what has been done in the past to address economic development, but also how Read on...
  2. FY 2019­/20 Mid-­Year Budget Update - February 18, 2020

    Tonight, the City Council will receive an update on City revenues and expenditures for the first six months of the fiscal year through December 31, 2019 and Read on...
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