calculator and penIn June, Council supported a budget direction of 2% on the operating budget and an additional 1% on the infrastructure to meet our Asset Management Plan.

On January 12th administration tabled a draft 2016 budget of 1.96% target on operations along with recommendations of 1% increase in the annual funding for infrastructure.  In order to meet the 2% target, service reductions of $900,000 or 0.62% needed to be considered.  There were also three items for Council's consideration related to ongoing risks to the Corporation that were presented outside the 2% target.

The following table gives a high level overview of where the process started and what Council approved:

 

Tax Impact

 

 Tabled

Approved

 Municipal Operations:    
      Municipal departments

 2.20%

1.95%

      Less:  Service reductions

 -0.62%

-0.48%

 

 1.58%

1.47%

      Police Services

0.38%

0.38%

 

 1.96%

1.85%

 Infrastructure Renewal:    
     Provincial Asset Management Plan requirement

0.33%

0.33%

     Infrastructure phase-in

0.67%

0.17%

 Sub-total

2.96%

2.35%

 Legislated changes:

 0.33%

0.13%

 Community Initiative Fund:

0.00%

-0.49%

 

 3.29%

1.99%

 Average household impact

$88

$53

In addition to the 1.99% tax increase, Council invested approximately $10M in one-time reserve allocations during the 2016 budget deliberations.

During budget deliberations, there was input received from our community stakeholders regarding the service reductions recommended in the budget.  In the future, we will schedule more time for consultation and work with the stakeholders in resolving challenges prior to the budget process. Council did add back approximately $200,000 of the services recommended for reductions with requests for further feedback from administration and the stakeholders of operational improvements.

Click here for a summary of the Budget Committee deliberations.