City to present affordable base budget for Council, community discussion

1.58 per cent base budget increase recommended for 2016

Guelph, ON, November 4, 2015—Today the City has released the recommended 2016 Tax-supported Operating Budget and Forecast for Council and community to review. The recommended budget will be presented by administration on November 10, 18 and 19. Residents are encouraged to attend the presentations or watch online prior to delegating on November 30, 2015.

“The 2016 budget challenged the City to find additional efficiencies in an already lean organization. By critically reviewing each line item, departments were able to reduce their individual asks to support the overall 1.58 per cent increase,” says Janice Sheehy, city treasurer. “The recommended budget meets the community’s and City’s needs for 2016 while remaining affordable; however, with such a low tax increase we were not able to account for all increased demands placed on the organization from growth.”

While not included in the recommended 1.58 per cent increase, the City will present Council with a recommended list of expansions on November 18. Council will have the opportunity to review and deliberate at the December 9 Budget meeting.

The $213,203,925 recommended budget reflects the City’s plan to maintain the delivery of services. The budget includes a 1.58 per cent base budget increase, which includes a number of proposed reductions.

Similar to the expansions, Council will be presented with the list of reductions and revenue adjustments on November 19. These reductions include changes to purchased goods and services, and service levels. Council will have the opportunity to review and determine if any of the adjustments or reductions will not go forward, and therefore be added back into the budget.

2016 City Budget

Residents are invited to review proposed documents and bring their comments to Council on November 30 (Public Delegation Night), and to follow the City’s budget news on guelph.ca/budget, Twitter (@cityofguelph, #GuelphBudget) and facebook.com/cityofguelph. Residents can watch the City’s the Council meetings on Rogers TV or online through the City’s Periscope account (periscope.tv/cityofguelph).

Delegation registration and submission must be submitted by Friday, November 27 at 9 a.m. for the Public Delegation Night.

All budget documents and related information will be posted on guelph.ca/budget as they become available.

Coming up next

November 10, 2015 – Operating budget presentation to Council (6 p.m.)
November 16, 2015 – Local boards and shared services presentation to Council (6 p.m.)
November 18, 2015 – Presentation of proposed expansions (7 p.m.)
November 19, 2015 – Presentation of proposed reductions (6 p.m.)
November 30, 2015 – Public delegation (6 p.m.)
December 9, 2015 – Council deliberations and approval (5 p.m.)

All Council meetings will be in Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Carden Street.

For more information

Janice Sheehy, City Treasurer
General Manager, Finance
519-822-1260 extension 2289
janice.sheehy@guelph.ca