2019 budget discussions start now

Proposed 2019 non-tax supported operating budget and 2019 capital budget and forecast are now available online

Watch budget meetings live @ guelph.ca/live

Guelph, Ont., December 20, 2018—The City has released the 2019 non-tax supported operating budget and the 2019 capital budget and forecast to City Council and the community.

The non-tax supported operating budget focuses on the services residents pay for through rates, fees and charges, such as stormwater management, water and wastewater. The capital budget and forecast outlines the budget required to sustain our current infrastructure and build for the future.

“The 2019 budget is a critical deliverable and priority for staff, and sets a foundation for future priority conversations with Council in 2019,” said Derrick Thomson, chief administrative officer for the City of Guelph. “We look forward to discussions with Council and the community throughout our budget process.”

The non-tax supported operating budget will be presented to Council on January 10; on January 16, staff will present the capital budget and forecast. Delegations will be heard on each of its respective budget nights. Council deliberation and approval will be January 23 and 30 respectively.

“This year’s budget delivers a comprehensive 2019 capital budget and a forecast that looks out nine years; but more importantly, it’s funded and was developed following our asset management principles,” said Trevor Lee, deputy chief administrative officer, Corporate Services. “The non-tax supported operating budget ensures we can maintain the health and safety of the community, meet legislative requirements and provide exceptional customer service.”

Today’s releases are the first two of four budget documents to be considered by Council. In the coming weeks, the proposed tax supported operating, and local boards and shared services budgets will be released for Council consideration and community review.

Community input

Citizens have an opportunity to address Council about the budget through a written submission or in person at the respective budget Council meeting. Please register as a delegate, or make a submission by 10 a.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting. You can register using our online delegate request form, or contact the City Clerk’s office at 519-837-5603 or email clerks@guelph.ca.

Residents are invited to review the proposed budgets documents and follow the City’s budget updates at guelph.ca/budget, on Twitter (@cityofguelph, #GuelphBudget) and on Facebook (@cityofguelph).

New this year, you can watch all budget Council meetings (presentations, delegation and deliberation nights) live at guelph.ca/live.

All budget documents and related information will be posted on guelph.ca/budget as they become available. Online budget documents comply with the Province’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Accessible formats available by calling 519-822-1260, extension 2325 or TTY 519-826-9771.

Budget dates

Budget Budget book released Council meeting Delegations
Non-tax supported operating budget December 20, 2018 January 10, 2019 — 6 p.m.
Staff presentation and public delegationsJanuary 23, 2019 — 4 p.m.
Deliberations and approval
Delegation registration by: January 4, 10 a.m.
Capital budget and forecast December 20, 2018 January 16, 2019 — 6 p.m.
Staff presentation and public delegationsJanuary 30, 2019 — 4 p.m.
Deliberations and approval
Delegation registration by: January 11, 10 a.m.
Tax supported operating budget January 24, 2019 February 7, 2019 — 4 p.m.
Staff presentationFebruary 20, 2019 — 6 p.m.
Public delegations

March 5, 2019 — 2 p.m.
Deliberations and approval

Delegation registration by: February 15, 10 a.m.
Local boards and shared services budget January 31, 2019 February 13, 2019 — 4 p.m.
PresentationFebruary 20, 2019 — 6 p.m.
Public delegations

March 5, 2019 — 2 p.m.
Deliberations and approval

Delegation registration by: February 15, 10 a.m.

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

Media contact

Tara Baker
Treasurer, General Manager Finance
City of Guelph
519-822-1260, extension 2084
tara.baker@guelph.ca