Capital budget and forecast to be presented October 3

City Council to deliberate and vote on tax-supported capital budget December 5

GUELPH, ON, September 28, 2012 – Next Wednesday, City Council will hear what investments in City-building, infrastructure renewal and technology are proposed for the next 10 years to strengthen how the City works and build a thriving future for Guelph.

“It’s a transformative time for our community and the organization. The capital budget would align investments with our 2012-16 strategic plan – a plan that sets a path for the City to be more adaptive and responsive to the needs of a growing, more complex community,” says Ann Pappert, Chief Administrative Officer. “We’re proposing investments in technology that would help us deliver public services better, and we’re recommending capital investments that would benefit Guelph residents today and in the future.”

Over half of the proposed $51.5 million 2013 capital budget focuses on infrastructure renewal, with $29.14 million earmarked for projects such as facility maintenance, road reconstruction, replacing aging transit vehicles and improving the public drop-off at the City’s Waste Resource Innovation Centre.

The City also proposes to invest $12.72 million in City-building projects. The Hanlon Creek Business Park would attract new investment and jobs to Guelph, the Eastview Community Park would enhance neighbourhood well-being and automated waste collection carts and trucks would help reduce the amount of waste Guelph sends to landfill and decrease the City’s carbon footprint.

Another $9.61 million would be used for more initiatives associated with the City’s 2012-16 strategic plan, Our City, Our Future. Further work on the Baker Street redevelopment project would continue to renew and revitalize downtown Guelph, and a feasibility study for a South End Community Centre would set the stage for neighbourhood health and wellness programs. Improved information technology and business systems for City administration would lead to more ways to engage residents in their City government and improve services to residents and businesses.

The $471,369,300 proposed 2013-22 Tax-Supported Capital Budget and Forecast is a comprehensive and prioritized investment plan that continues to reduce Guelph’s reliance on debt. It explores shared funding sources such as federal and provincial government programs, other grants, subsidies and partnerships.

“Guelph’s responsible financial policies continue to serve us well as we face today’s economic, social and technological realities,” says Al Horsman, Chief Financial Officer. “The investments we make today are designed to ensure Guelph residents and businesses receive the highest quality, most affordable and efficient services from their City government.”

City Council will deliberate and vote on the proposed 2013-22 Tax-Supported Capital Budget on December 5. For a full schedule to the City’s 2013 budget meetings, and related reports and documents visit guelph.ca/budget

For more information

Al Horsman
Executive Director/Chief Financial Officer
Finance and Enterprise Services
T 519-822-1260 x 5606
al.horsman@guelph.ca