Every other year (odd-numbered years) from January to June, City staff, the Mayor and City Council work together to create a balanced two-year budget by June 30, as required by law.
The creation of a balanced budget plan generally happens in three phases:
Budget Development | February – May
Budget Deliberation | May – June
Budget Approval | by June 30
Midway through the two-year budgets (the even years), city staff, the Mayor and City Council work together to develop mid-cycle budget amendments.
Click here for the Oakland Budget Bureau.
Here is a summary of Councilmember Kalb’s published budget priorities for the current budget cycle (2019-21):
A. Helping Our Homeless Residents:
- Enhance Prevention – Build on Keep Oakland Housed anti-displacement programs
- Increase Services – Expand encampment clean-ups (include smaller encampments as well)
- Increase Transitional, Interim and Permanent Housing
- Expand Hunger Program for Homeless and Others in Need
B. Housing Affordability:
- Capital investments for new affordable housing projects
- Rent Adjustment Program enforcement to protect tenants
- Additional funds for tenant counseling and education.
- Additional funds for emergency housing assistance for lower income renters and homeowners
C. Public Safety and Violence Prevention:
- Additional funding for Violence Prevention/Intervention/Reentry Programs & Services
- Improved 911 response time
D. Wildfire Prevention and Disaster Preparedness/Response:
- Adopt and begin implementation of Vegetation Management Plan
- Align fire inspector and vegetation management inspector positions to ensure adequate coverage
- Funding for preparing and running an election in 2020 for a new Wildfire Prevention District
- Enhanced parking enforcement in the hills to enable and safeguard emergency vehicle access
- Create City-wide Disaster Emergency Response Plan, including (but not limited to): evacuation procedures; emergency shelters and access to survival resources; public safety; restoration of essential services, and short and long-term recovery.
E. Environmental Services and Parks:
- Energy & Climate Action Plan (ECAP) Implementation (pending adoption of new ECAP in 2020)
- Illegal dumping enforcement: multi-departmental program to crack down on illegal dumping
- Park Maintenance
- Regular clean ups near City waterways and fulfill related Water Board requirements
F. Youth and Young Adults
- Chronic Absenteeism: Continue partnership with OUSD to reduce
- Vocational Training for Young Adults
G. Reduce City Staff Vacancy Rate and Address Employee Retention
- Increase Compensation for City Job Classifications that are significantly below market
- Additional Human Resources Analyst to address backlog of filling staff vacancies
Additional expenditure priorities:
- Libraries – Libraries are the great equalizers of our society.
- Pedestrian Safety – Additional dedicated Transportation dollars for pedestrian safety priorities
- Police Commission – Sufficient funding to fully meet staffing needs.