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.


The El Cerrito City Council held its most recent Budget Town Hall on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 10 a.m. The presentation can be found in the menu to the right and the recording can be found here or at the City Council past meeting archives.

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 under "Budget Updates to the City Council."


Once it becomes available, you will be able to view an electronic version of the FY 2020-2021 Proposed Budget Book. Once the City reopens, you will also be able to review a hard copy at City Hall 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.
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