Budget Commission Amendments

RESOLUTION NO. ##,###‑N.S. 

ESTABLISHING A CITIZENS BUDGET REVIEW COMMISSION, AND RESCINDING RESOLUTION NO. 62,873-N.S.

WHEREAS, in order to increase citizen participation in the City budget process, the City Council established a Citizens Budget Review Commission in 1985; and

WHEREAS, the duties of the Commission included: investigating new sources of revenue for the City of Berkeley;, participation in the development of a process to evaluate City departments, community service agencies and programs for cost effectiveness and duplication of services;, insure greater understanding and input by citizens into the budget process;, and providing input to City Council and staff on the formulation of the budget process; and

WHEREAS, in 2005, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 62,873-N.S., dissolving the Citizens Budget Review Commission; and

WHEREAS, establishing a Citizens Budget Review Commission is important in increasing involvement of citizen participation in the budgeting process, improving the transparency of the budget, developing ideas for revenue generation, and developing a long-term plan around unfunded liabilities.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Berkeley that Resolution No. 62,873-N.S. is hereby repealed; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Berkeley as follows:

Section 1.      Establishing the Commission

A.        There is hereby established a permanent standing Citizens Budget Review Commission in the City of Berkeley, the duties and responsibilities of which shall be as hereinafter set forth.

B.        The Citizens Budget Review Commission shall consist of nine (9) members appointed in accordance with the requirements of Sections 2.04.030 through 2.04.130 of the Berkeley Municipal Code. The Commission may invite non-voting experts on fiscal and finance matters to participate in Commission meetings and advise the Commission on city budget matters and in improving the long-term fiscal sustainability of the city.

C.        Terms shall expire and vacancies shall be filled in accordance with the provisions of Section 2.04.030 through 2.04.145 of the Berkeley Municipal Code.

D.        At least five members of the Commission shall have a demonstrable background in:

1.         Producing and managing public or private agency budgets

2.         Accounting

3.         Auditing practices and principles

4.         Public agency administration

E.     The City Budget Manager shall serve as Secretary to the Commission.

Section 2.      Organization, Meetings, Rules and Procedures

A.    The commission annually shall elect one of its members as the chairperson and one of its members as the vice-chairperson. An officer or employee of the City designated by the City Manager shall serve as secretary of the commission.

B.    The commission shall establish a regular place and time for meeting. All meetings shall be noticed as required by law and shall be scheduled in a way to allow for maximum input from the public. The frequency of meetings shall be as determined by City Council resolution. The scheduling of special meetings in addition to those established by City Council resolution, except special meetings that take the place of cancelled regular meetings, shall be subject to approval by the City Council. A request for a special meeting shall include the reason for the proposed meeting and should be expedited on the City Council’s agenda, or in the alternative, placed before the Agenda Committee for approval.

C.    The commission may make and alter rules governing its organization and procedures which are not inconsistent with this Chapter or any other applicable ordinance of the City.

D.    A majority of the members appointed to the commission shall constitute a quorum and the affirmative vote of a majority of the members appointed is required to take any action.

E.    The commission shall keep an accurate record of its proceedings and transactions.

Section 3.      Duties of the Commission

The Citizens Budget Review Commission shall:

  1. Review City budget proposals and make recommendations on programs, proposed revenues, and expenditures for Council to consider at budget adoption.  
  2. Address itself to the formulation of the budget process and researching other municipalitiesy and operational best practices;
  3. Insure greater understanding of and input by citizens in the budgetary process.
  4. Investigate new sources of revenue for the City of Berkeley.
  5. Participate in the development of a process to evaluate City departments, community service agencies and programs for cost effectiveness and duplication of services.
  6. Address the long-term fiscal sustainability of the City, including unfunded liabilities, the city’s reserve, and credit rating.
  7. Create Recommend a long- term Fiscal Action Pplan to City Council, with definitive goals and recommendations, to ensure the long-term fiscal solvency of the City, including addressing unfunded liabilities.
  8. Quantifying and prioritizing infrastructure and city service needs.
  9. Study and make recommendations on transitioning our current city budget to a program budget, that analyzes expenditures and services based on outcomes and is comprehensive, sustainable, and transparent.

In addition, the City Manager shall forward to Commission prior to Council discussion, the biennial report on Current City Liabilities and Projections of Future Liabilities required by Resolution No. 65, 748-N.S. for commission review. The recommendations of the Citizens Budget Review Commission regarding the biennial Projections of Future Liabilities report shall be presented to the City Council at its work session on the report.

  

 


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