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NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Berkeley that Resolution No. 62,873-N.S. is hereby repealed; and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.
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:
- Address itself to the formulation of the budget process and researching other municipalit
yand operational best practices;
- Insure greater understanding of and input by citizens in the budgetary process.
- Investigate new sources of revenue for the City of Berkeley.
- Participate in the development of a process to evaluate City departments, community service agencies and programs for cost effectiveness and duplication of services.
Createa long plan, with definitive goals, to ensure fiscal solvency.
- Quantifying and prioritizing infrastructure and city service needs.