2017 Council Workplan - Fiscally Prudent

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Brisbane's fiscal vitality will reflect sound financial decisions which also speak to the values of the community.  The following items are numbered how they appear in the full Workplan, and are not in any particular or rank order | Back to 2017 Council Workplan landing page.


  • Item #19 - Fiscal Planning

In June of 2015, the Council adopted a new fund balance policy which sets aside reserves for natural disasters, economic downturns, and one-time fluctuations in reserves and expenditures.  At that same time Council also adopted a Vehicle Replacement Funding Policy and established a trust to pre-fund long-term post-employment benefits (OPEB).  In June 2016, the City Council began setting aside funds to offset its Unfunded Pension Liability and in October 2016 it created a Trust specifically for this purpose.

With adoption of the 15-16 Budget, the City Council approved a Facilities Assessment Inventory be completed.  The goal of the Inventory was to develop a schedule and resource needs for all City facilities so that they are well-maintained into the future, which has since been completed.

The Council will be having a discussion at their October 12, 2017 meeting regarding the City’s Capital Improvement Program.

Measure D on the November 2017 ballot, if passed, would impose a business license tax on soil recycling establishments of 20% of its gross receipts or $200,000, whichever is greater.

Measure E on the November 2017 ballot, if passed, would impose a business license tax for recycling establishments that recycle 100,000 tons or more of material in a single year to pay up to $4 m per year.


  • Item #20 - Priority Based Budgeting

In August of 2015, the City Manager and Administrative Services Director attended a seminar in Denver at the Center for Priority Based Budgeting (CPPB).  The approach incorporates the following:

1.  Develop fiscal result model to assist in identifying long-term trends, and the impacts of spending commitments on future budgets (DONE)

2.  Adopt city-wide goals/results to measure against each program (DONE)

3.  Develop programs with each department for purposes of tracking costs (DONE)

4.  Identify goals/results that each program achieves (DONE)

5.  Rank programs on how many goals/results it assists the City in achieving (future)

6.  Develop Performance Indicators to measure effectiveness in meeting goals/results (future)

The City Council had their annual Goal-Setting Workshop/Retreat in January, 2016 to discuss and confirm the Community’s goals/results.  They were fine-tuned and approved by the Council at their May 8th Priority Based Budgeting Workshop.  In June of 2016, the City Council adopted a two-year priority based program budget.  In August of 2016, six staff members attended Priority Based Budgeting training in Denver.  The City became a member of the Center for Priority Based Budgeting in November of 2016 and in early August 2017, the City hosted a Northern California Priority-Based Budgeting Workshop.

  • Item #21 - Brisbane School JPA - DONE

An amended Cooperative Agreement for the Shared Use of Public Facilities and Programs, or Joint Powers Agreement (JPA), was reviewed by the City/School 2x2 Subcommittee, and is currently undergoing a final review by the Brisbane Elementary School District. An amended and restated Cooperative Agreement between the City and the Brisbane Elementary School District for the Shared Use of Public Facilities and Programs was approved by the Council at their regular meeting of March 2, 2017.


(Last updated: September 1, 2017)