2013 operating budget workshop November 6

GUELPH, ON, November 2, 2012 – During a workshop on November 6, Guelph City Council will explore and discuss approaches to reach a targeted tax rate increase of no more than three per cent.

In July, staff estimated a tax rate increase of 8.5 per cent would be needed in 2013 to deliver the same level of municipal programs and services provided by the City this year. In the interest of affordability for taxpayers, Council directed staff to develop a proposed budget reflecting no more than a three per cent tax increase over 2012.

The workshop will show different approaches the City could use to reach the three per cent target.

“During the workshop, we’ll discuss innovative ways to fund investments, improve service to taxpayers and build a thriving future for Guelph,” says Al Horsman, chief financial officer. “It’s a transformative time for our community and the City must adapt, be more responsive and let go of what no longer serves the community well.”

The 2013 budget is designed to align the City’s investments with its 2012-16 strategic plan “Our City, Our Future”. The plan sets the path for the organization to find new ways to deliver the best possible municipal services, and move the City towards real-time government.

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[two_third_last]2013 Operating Budget Workshop[/two_third_last]

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[two_third_last]Mayor Karen Farbridge
Guelph City Council
City of Guelph executive team and managers[/two_third_last]

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[two_third_last]Meeting Room C, City Hall
1 Carden Street Guelph[/two_third_last]

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[two_third_last]6-9 p.m.[/two_third_last]

Workshop presentation materials are available for review at guelph.ca/budget.

Guelph’s tax-supported operating budget will be presented to Council on Thursday, November 22. The local boards and shared services budget (Guelph Public Library Board, Public Health, Social Services and Social Housing, Downtown Guelph Business Association and Guelph Police Services Board) will be presented on Tuesday, November 27. Community members are welcome to attend all budget presentations, and registered delegations may address Council on Thursday, November 29. Council will deliberate and vote on all tax-supported operating and capital budgets on Wednesday, December 5.

For more information

Al Horsman
executive director/chief financial officer
Finance and Enterprise Services
T 519-822-1260 x 5606
al.horsman@guelph.ca