Our Municipal Budgets

The budget represents the vision of the Municipality. It is a balanced and sustainable financial plan to deliver municipal services efficiently at approved levels, while also planning for the needs of the future. The budget identifies the resources required to deliver services, while the tax policy identifies how the budget requirement is raised.  Our fiscal year is from January 1 to December 31.

2024-2027 Multi-Year Budget

All budget meetings and events will be live-streamed on YourTV Chatham's YouTube Channel.

Opening Night and Budget Deliberations will also be in-person in the Council Chambers, Civic Centre.

Opening Night - Presentation of the Draft Budget

  • Wednesday, November 15 at 6:00 pm

Public Consultations

The virtual-only events are taking place on Chatham-Kent's Facebook Live feed

  • Wednesday, November 22 at 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 23 at 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Budget Deliberations

  • Tuesday, November 28 at 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, November 29 at 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 30 at 6:00 pm

If more time is needed, the following dates have also been set aside

  • Tuesday, December 5 at 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, December 6 at 6:00 pm

Funding Requests

Groups and organizations wishing to request funding must do so at the Opening Night meeting. Written submissions must be sent by email to ckfps@chatham-kent.ca before 12:00 noon on Monday, November 13.


Anyone wishing to make a deputation can do so either at the Opening Night meeting on November 15 or at the first night of deliberations on November 28. Maximum time permitted is 5 minutes. Requests and submissions must be sent by email to ckfps@chatham-kent.ca before 12:00 noon on these dates respectively.

Additional Information

Past Budgets

Budget Policy

Our municipal budget is actually made up of three budgets - an Operating Budget, a Capital Budget and a Lifecycle Budget.

The Operating Budget covers the costs associated with the operation of the municipality, e.g. garbage collection and disposal, social benefits, maintenance, vehicles, salaries, equipment, etc. Council approves the operating budget through a series of Budget Committee meetings at the beginning of each fiscal year.

The Capital Budget covers the capital projects undertaken by the municipality each year, e.g. major asset reconstruction like roads, sewers or new asset development. The five-year plan is reviewed and presented to Council in a separate report, with approval recommended for the current year projects only. 

The Lifecycle Budget covers the annual rehabilitation and renewal of municipal assets and currently does not provide funding requirements for replacement. Further detail is available under the Asset Management Policy. Each category of asset covered under the Asset Management Plan presents a prioritized and recommended annual plan for the utilization of the budget in a separate report to Council after the budget process.

Read the full Budget Policy here.