FY 2020-2021 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 budget provides a detailed plan for the next fiscal year, as well as forecasts to anticipate future needs and opportunities.


Budget Town Hall
Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Recording here

Budget Town Hall
Date: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Recording here
Presentation here

The public is always welcome to virtually attend Council meetings. A running list of Council budget actions and other updates is shown at the right.


You can view an electronic version of the FY 2020-2021 Amended Budget Book on the menu to the left under "Important Budget Process Documents."

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 Council Considers Adopting the FY 2020-2021 Budget at Upcoming 10/6 City Council Meeting

    The budget represents staff’s best efforts to provide the programs and services consistent with the City’s Strategic Plan and other input received from our community and the City Council. Read on...
  2. City Council Approves Cancelling the Annual 4th of July/worldOne Festival for 2020

    El Cerrito, Calif: At the City Council meeting on April 7, 2020, the Council approved City Manager Karen Pinkos’ strong recommendation that the 4th of July/worldOne Festival this summer be cancelled due to concerns around COVID-19. Read on...
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