On January 20th administration had tabled a draft 2015 budget with recommendations that gave Council a starting position of 2.2% which included no material changes in services, provisions for strategic investments and an adequate phase-in of new funds to address our infrastructure deficit.
The following table gives a high level overview of where the process started and what Council approved:
Municipal Operations: Tabled Approved
Municipal departments 2.00% -0.18%
Police Services 0.32% 0.32%
Infrastructure Renewal: -0.12% -0.14%
Even with a 0% tax impact, our infrastructure budget will see an increase of $1.8M by way of a $1.4M Provincial grant and $0.4M of reallocated funds.
Also included in the 2015 budget is a motion to reduce the organizational management structure and consulting by $300,000 through attrition. Further details will be provided on this as they become available.