If you would like to learn more budget basics, please watch the videos on our Budget page.

Opening Night:

At 6:00 pm on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, administration will present Chatham-Kent Council with the 2020 draft budget at our Opening Night. The draft will include options to achieve a budget increase equal to the Bank of Canada target inflation rate of 2.0% (excluding infrastructure phase-in). The presentation is available as a download on the right side of your screen.

The agenda for Opening Night will include time available for presentations from citizens or groups regarding the 2020 budget. To register for a presentation, please email ckfps@chatham-kent.ca.

After the recommendations are presented to Council on January 15, and prior to budget deliberations starting on January 28, Council and administration will be holding Community Consultation Meetings to gather input from the public on the recommendations and any other budget matters. These meetings will take place as follows.

Community Consultation Meetings:

Tuesday, January 21, 4:30 to 6:00 pm

  • Brunner Centre, 32 Wallace Street, Thamesville; AND
  • Tilbury Arena, Ryder Hall, 49 Bond Avenue, Tilbury

Wednesday, January 22, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

  • Blenheim High School Cafeteria, 163 Chatham Street South, Blenheim; AND
  • Wallaceburg Municipal office, 786 Dufferin Avenue, Wallaceburg

Thursday, January 23, 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm

  • Active Lifestyle Centre, 20 Merritt Avenue, Chatham

 The format of these sessions is:

  • 4:30-5:00 pm : open house with one-on-one discussions with administration and Council
  • 5:00-6:00 pm : brief presentation and question and answer period

Equipped with the feedback from these Community Consultation Meetings, Council will meet as Budget Committee to deliberate the 2020 draft budget at the following meetings.

Budget Committee Deliberations:

  • January 28, 29 and 30

These meetings will be held from 6:00 to 10:00 pm in the Council Chambers on the second floor of the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre, 315 King Street West, Chatham.

Time will be made available for any individual or group wishing to make a presentation on budget issues at these meetings. Individual presentations will be limited to five minutes. Anyone wishing to make a presentation is asked to sign up at the door upon arrival.

"The Budget Chair may move the Budget Committee into closed session discussions as per section 239 of the Municipal Act" to discuss items related to identifiable individuals, labour relations, employee negotiations and advice that is subject to solicitor-client privilege in regard to labour contracts, net job evaluation changes and net progressions increases per labour contracts.  As the Budget Committee nears the end of its deliberations, the Committee will provide notice of when it intends to pass the budget as Council.

As part of the 2020 budget process, the following document will be available on the website as follows:

                2020 Executive Overview Binder (available at 6:00 pm on January 15, 2020)

If you require a specific accommodation, please contact us 48 hours in advance at 519-360-1998 so we can work with you to make these arrangements.

In addition to the opportunities listed above, input is also available by emailing ckfps@chatham-kent.ca.  Your suggestions regarding revenue enhancements, cost reductions, cost avoidance, service level and service delivery are welcome.

In addition, please refer to this link regarding the process for funding requests from community groups and organizations:  https://www.chatham-kent.ca/residents/community-funding/coregrants