The budget process begins in September each year when all departments begin a review of their priorities and their annual operating and capital requirements. A draft budget is then prepared and presented to the Executive Management Team for their review and prioritization. After this process, the draft budget is made available to the public for their review and comment. Finally, the draft budget is sent to the Budget Committee for their review, discussion, changes and approval.
The budget is a blueprint on how your tax dollars will be spent. It defines how the municipality will balance revenues with expenditures to fund municipal services in an effective and efficient manner.
Watch our videos below to learn a little more about how we develop the annual municipal budget.