Budget talks continue with the 2020 tax supported operating and local boards and shared services budgets

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Guelph, Ont., November 7, 2019—The City has released the proposed 2020 tax supported operating budget and the local boards and shared services budget to City Council and the community.

The proposed 2020 tax supported operating budget levy requirement comes in at $256,886,524; that’s a 3.88 per cent increase over the 2019 levy that allows for continuity of existing programs and services and looks after the well-being of our residents.

A number of items make up this proposed increase:

• Base budget increases for the delivery of programs and services (includes items such as contractual obligations) account for 0.68%.
• Local boards and shared services operating budgets (includes Guelph Police and Guelph Library) account for 2.02%.
• Capital financing (the money we transfer to capital reserves to fund capital projects), including projects for local boards, accounts for 1.74% after increased investment income and dividend revenue.
• City programs (such as Community Improvement Plan grants and software) account for 0.21%.
• Operating impacts from 2019 approved capital projects account for 0.40%.
• Decisions made by Council during the year that impact the budget account for 0.17%.
• Service enhancements due to legislative changes account for 0.01%.

These items add up to a 5.23 per cent increase, but with a 1.35 per cent increase to the assessment growth (an increase in the number of properties and/or its value) we’re left with a proposed net levy requirement of 3.88 per cent.

“This budget required staff to strike a balance between fiscal accountability and service demands—and we’ve done that,” says Trevor Lee, Deputy CAO Corporate Services for the City of Guelph. “Staff met budget targets by finding efficiencies through service modernization, innovative business practices and process improvements.”

The proposed 2020 local board and shared services operating budget supports our community partners including Guelph Public Library, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, Social Services and Social Housing, Downtown Guelph Business Association, Guelph Police Services, and the Elliott. The 2020 local boards and shared services budget represents a net increase of $4,928,773 or 6.24 per cent above 2019, and an impact to the overall levy requirement of 2.02 per cent.

City staff will present the tax supported operating budget to Council on November 18. The local boards and shared services budget will be presented to Council on November 20 by the individual board members. Delegations on both these budget items can be made on November 27, and Council deliberation and approval will be December 3.

Today’s releases are the final two documents for Council consideration.

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.

All budget documents and related information is now available on guelph.ca/budget. 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 schedule

Budget Budget documents released Council meeting Delegations
Capital budget and forecast Released October 23, 2019—6 p.m.
Staff presentation and public delegations—DONE

November 13, 2019—4 p.m.
Deliberations and approval

Register by October 18,
10 a.m.—DONE
Non-tax supported operating budget Released October 30, 2019—6 p.m.
Staff presentation and public delegations—DONE

November 13, 2019—4 p.m.
Deliberations and approval

Register by October 25,
10 a.m.—DONE
Tax supported operating budget November 7, 2019 November 18, 2019—4 p.m.
Staff presentation

November 27, 2019—6 p.m.
Public delegations

December 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.
Presentations

November 27, 2019— 6 p.m.
Public delegation

December 3, 2019—2 p.m.
Deliberations and approval

Register by November 22, 10 a.m.

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

Media contact:

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