2015 budget highlights

A look at some of the budget details

On March 26, 2015, City Council approved a $207 million operating budget and a $52 million capital budget for 2015. This represents a 3.55 per cent tax increase over 2014.

The following highlights some of the approved budget items for 2015.

  • Parks
    • South End community park: $250,000 to construct the splash pad
    • Eastview community park: $2.7 million to implement the Council-approved Community Park Master Plan
    • Skate park: $831,000 to construct a multi-use facility for BMX riders and skateboarders in central Guelph
  • Victoria Road Recreation Centre expansion: $9.9 million to complete funding requirement, and to improve and expand services
  • Niska Road Bridge: $200,000 directed to complete the environmental assessment (EA) and detailed design work for the approved bridge option; bridge option has yet to be determined
  • Stone Road expansion: $2.5 million to enhance pedestrian and cycling facilities
  • York Road: $200,000 to complete the EA for the reconstruction of York Road
  • West Parkade structural rehabilitation: $500,000 to ensure parkade remains up to code
  • Salt dome replacement: $2 million to replace salt domes which are at the end of their lifecycle
  • Affordable Housing Reserve: $250,000 added to the reserve
  • Guelph Innovation District:$ 50,000 directed for the strategic business development framework
  • Communication and Education Plan (shared rental housing): $15,000 directed towards this plan
  • Active transportation: $600,000 directed to Woodlawn multi-use corridor ($300,000 had been forecasted in 2014 for 2015 and 2016 respectively. Council approved the allocation of all required funds to complete the project in 2015.)
  • Traffic management: $85,000 directed toward this initiative which will investigate traffic calming measures in various locations throughout the community
  • Transit technology plan
    • Trapeze System: $120,000 directed towards the bus scheduling system
    • Control Room supervisors: four FTEs
  • Geographical Information System (GIS): $97,000 directed for the Enterprise Licence Agreement, Open 311 and Easement Layer
  • Open Government: budget approved for a one year contract and technology to provide improved service to the community. Examples include expanding the City’s open data catalogue and tools and building a website that will allow the public to access additional online services
  • Full-time staff
    • Adult school crossing guards: five FTEs
    • Arborist: one FTE
    • Assistant to Committee of Adjustment Secretary-Treasurer: one FTE
    • Corporate Server Specialist: one FTE
    • Fire Prevention Officer: one FTE
    • Graphic Designer: one FTE
    • Paramedics: three FTEs, one supervisor backfill
  • 2015 User Fees/Permits
  • Guelph Transit’s Sunday and Holiday service will remain unchanged from 2014 hours
  • City Council approved a change to the City’s overnight parking regulations, specifically, that the overnight parking restriction (no parking on streets between 2 and 6 a.m.) be in effect from December 1 to March 1, effective December 1, 2015. This is a reduction in the restriction from six to four months.
  • The City will continue to explore partnerships to fund the proposed Baker Street redevelopment and relocation of Guelph Public Library; however, budget has not been allocated for this project in 2015.
  • City Council approved an additional $500,000 in 2015 for the Rate Stabilization Reserve (total 2015 contribution is $600,000), which can be used to offset year-end variances 

The 2015 approved budget will be available on guelph.ca/budget in the coming months.