Berkeley Budget and Finance
- 1 Overview
- 2 Historical Analyses
- 3 Current Activities
- 4 Related Efforts
- 5 Recent Bonds O and P
- 6 Documents and Agendas
- 7 Outside Resources
Berkeley is not alone...
Brookings wrote this report
The League of California Cities has a guide on how cities can better interact with the public.
The California Local Government Financial Almanac is interesting.
The League of California Cities has a good piece on ....Challenges facing cities
Berkeley's overall economic health impacts the City's budget. Economic Dashboard March 2019
Why? are taxes high?
Citizens Budget Review Commission (1985)
From December 19, 2017 Council Item 23 (consent calendar)
In 1985, a Citizens Budget Review Commission was established. Consistent with the Fair Representation Ordinance, each Councilmember appointed a commissioner for a total of nine commissioners. The duties of the Commission were as follows: 1. Address itself to the formulation of the budget process. 2. Insure greater understanding and input by citizens in the budgetary process. 3. Investigate new sources of revenue for the City of Berkeley. 4. Participate in the development of a process to evaluate City departments, community service agencies and programs for cost effectiveness and duplication of services. In 2005, the Citizens Budget Review Commission was dissolved under the argument that it was redundant due to shared responsibilities with the Council.
Budget Watch Flyer (2004)
Budget Watch White Paper (2005-2006)
$BudgetWatch$ is a neighborhood-based organization which was formed out of concerns about the City’s current fiscal crisis. $BudgetWatch$ is not-affiliated with any of the many other citizen budget groups that have come together over these same concerns. This White Paper was prepared to present solutions that would help our community achieve financial recovery. We have done substantial work because of our firm belief that the budget is the foundation on which the health of all of Berkeley’s neighborhoods rests.
Berkeley Based Budgeting: Report from Goldman School of Public Policy Students (2014)
Following the 2014 audit of the city's poor cash handling procedures, the Auditor’s Office released this report, by students at Cal’s Goldman School of Public Policy, on alternative budgeting practices that Berkeley might consider in place of its modified “across the board” approach to General Fund budgeting. Berkeley Based Budgeting: Recommendations for Implementing Priority-Based Budgeting in the City of Berkeley.
Council Adopted Budget 2020/2021
On June 25th the Council adopted the 2020/2021 Budget Item 39
The mayor added a number of recommendations.
The Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee created this comparison
Were the mayor's recommendations ($Millions) ever discussed???
Council Budget and Finance Committee Meetings
FY 2019 Annual Adopt first reading of an Ordinance amending the FY 2019 Annual Appropriations Ordinance No. 7,634–N.S. for fiscal year 2019 based upon other adjustments in the amount of $22,245,702 (gross) and $19,746,430 (net).
Berkeley's budget and finances are ultimately aimed at providing the resources to accomplish the city's strategic plan.
Berkeley's new Auditor, Jenny Wong, is getting off to a good start by highlighting the backlog of audit recommendations. Her full audit plan should be available in June 2019.
This is a great place to start for a complete overview of Berkeley's financial resources and positions.
The SEC requires a report on municipal bond activity SEC 15c.12
Government Finance Officers Association
Berkeley has a large investment fund. Berkeley 2018 Investment Policy
Learn more about how the Investments are managed.
City Manager Dashboards??????
Recent Bonds O and P
Measure O Oversight Committee
Homeless Services Panel of Experts
Community Services Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report
Documents and Agendas
2019 Special Council Meeting on Budget and Unfunded Liabilities
2019 Adopted Budget
2019 Unfunded Liabilities
Reference data for Unfunded Liabilities related to pensions CALPERS
2019 Mid-year Budget Report
Details of the amendments to the adopted 2019 budget (fund-specific updates)
May 7th Budget Book Presentation and
League of California Cities City Officials Support