Let’s talk 2020 non-tax supported operating budget

The proposed 2020 non-tax supported operating budget is online

Browse budget documents at guelph.ca/budget
Watch budget meetings live at guelph.ca/live

Guelph, Ont., October 17, 2019—The City has released the 2020 non-tax supported operating budget to City Council and the community.

This budget focuses on the services residents pay for through rates, fees and charges such as stormwater management, water and wastewater, building permits, court services and new for 2020—parking. This budget identifies the funds required to run these programs and the rates and fees for each of these services.

The proposed 2020 non-tax supported operating budget comes in at $88,429,368 and is developed based on a self-funding, long-term financial strategy. Funds are collected through rates and fees to manage the operations of these services, not through property taxes, with the exception of parking, as it will continue to be a blended tax-supported/enterprise model.

“The services delivered through this budget reflect our commitment to the health and safety of our community,” said Trevor Lee, Deputy CAO of Corporate Services for the City. “This budget continues to build on financial sustainability, predictability, continuous service improvement and cost competitiveness.”

The annual impact to residents on the proposed changes to user fees and rates for water, wastewater and stormwater is estimated to increase on average by $23.98 based on a three-person household.

2020 water, wastewater and stormwater rate impacts

Charge 2019 2020 Change
Water volume charge$/cubic metre $1.72 $1.77 $0.05
Water basic charge $/day $0.26 $0.26 $0.00
Wastewater volume charge $/cubic metre $1.88 $1.92 $0.04
Wastewater basic charge $/day $0.32 $0.32 $0.00
Average residential annual bill
(water and wastewater)
$859.70 $876.48

$16.78
or 1.95%

Stormwater monthly charge $5.20 $5.80 $0.60
Average residential annual bill
(water, wastewater and Stormwater)
$922.10 $946.08 $23.98
or 2.60%

In addition, the permit fees for the Arthur and Norwich streets parking lots will increase to $100 monthly based on last year’s Council-approved two-year phase in. All other parking fees are recommended to remain at 2019 levels.

Building permit fees will increase by 2.2 per cent effective January 1, 2020. This is in accordance with the permit fee strategy approved by Council earlier this year.

City staff will present the non-tax supported operating budget to Council on October 30. Delegations will be heard on the same night and Council deliberation and approval will be November 13.

Today’s release is the second of four budget documents for Council consideration. 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 can address Council about the budget through a written submission or in person at a 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.

Review the proposed budget documents and follow the City’s budget updates at guelph.ca/budget, on Twitter (@cityofguelph, #GuelphBudget) and on Facebook (@cityofguelph). Do you want to know more about the budget? Email us at budget@guelph.ca.

Watch all budget Council meetings (presentations, delegation and deliberation nights) live at guelph.ca/live.

We will post all budget documents and related information on as they become available. Online budget documents comply with the Province’s Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Accessible formats are available by calling 519-822-1260, extension 2325 or TTY 519-826-9771. 

Budget schedule

Budget Budget document released Council meeting Delegations
Capital budget and forecast Released October 23, 2019—6 p.m.
Staff presentation and public delegationsNovember 13, 2019—4 p.m.
Deliberations and approval
Register by October 18, 10 a.m.
Non-tax supported operating budget October 17, 2019 October 30, 2019—6 p.m.
Staff presentation and public delegationsNovember 13, 2019—4 p.m.
Deliberations and approval
Register by October 25,
10 a.m.
Tax-supported operating budget November 7, 2019 November 18, 2019—4 p.m.
Staff presentationNovember 27, 2019—6 p.m.
Public delegationsDecember 3, 2019—2 p.m.
Deliberations and approval
Register by November 22, 10 a.m.

 

Local boards and shared services budget November 7, 2019 November 20, 2019—4 p.m.
PresentationsNovember 27, 2019— 6 p.m.
Public delegationDecember 3, 2019—2 p.m.
Deliberations and approval
Register by November 22, 10 a.m.

All City 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