City Finances

A Quick Guide to the City of Berkeley’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget

Below are some key highlights from the city’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Book. I hope this can answer some of the questions you may have about our local government’s fiscal priorities.

How much is the city spending on…

Community Agencies?

  • $20,484,394 total in General Funds, Federal Funds, and other funds
  • $10,702,764 for Homeless Services
  • $586,652 for Arts
  • $1,040,567 for Youth
  • $1,677,793 for Disability Programs

Parks, Recreation and Waterfront? 

  • $52,979,556 proposed for the department
  • $1,000,000 for African American Holistic Resource Center from Measure T1
  • $400,000 for Aquatic Park South Pathway from Parks Tax
  • $510,000 for West Campus Pool filters and plaster from Capital Improvement Fund
  • Unfunded infrastructure needs: $182,014,000

Public Works?

  • $147,438,656 proposed for the department
  • $200,000 for PW Corporation Yard
  • $100,000 for bathrooms
  • $100,000 for ADA building improvements
  • $9,719,926 for Southside Complete Streets
  • $415,000 for a new street cleaning crew
  • $100,000 requested to develop long-term paving plan 
  • $200,000 for a Streetlight Master Plan
  • $12,000,000 for Construction of Underground Utility District #48 (Grizzly Peak)

Public Safety?

  • $77,807,443 for Police
    • $6,699,464 deferred (not spent) in FY22: vacant positions (including 23 sworn officer positions) to allow space for the Reimagining Public Safety process
  • $1,113,102 from the General Fund for the Office the Director of Police Accountability
  • $48,359,355 for Fire
  • $600,000 for portable radio replacement (Police and Fire)