2016 Budget 

2016 City Budget Process

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City Budget 2016

Where Every Tax Dollar Is Spent

Where Every Tax Dollar Is Spent by department
Tax Dollar
$0.04 Transit
$0.04 Ontario Works
$0.03 Recreation
$0.03 Library
$0.02 Land Ambulance
$0.02 Engineering
$0.02 Finance
$0.02 IT Services
$0.02 Insurance
$0.02 Health Unit
$0.02 Facilities Management
$0.02 Environmental Services
$0.02 John Noble Home
$0.04 Other
$0.23 Police
$0.13 Fire
$0.11 Capital Financing
$0.07 Social Housing
$0.07 Public Works Operational Services
$0.05 Parks
Where Every Tax Dollar Is Spent (2016 Budget)

Public Works

Public Works budget by percent
Percent Department
40% Operational Services
14% Engineering Services
10% Facilities & Asset Management
10% Environmental Services
26% Fleet & Transit Services
Pubic Works Total Tax Operating Budget - $22,084,000

Key Capital Budget Expenditures

Infrastructure Upgrades - $28,997,000

Upgrades and repairs to the City’s Infrastructure are essential to expanding our capacity to meet the demands of a growing City.

Upgrades also ensure we are using the latest technology and knowledge to improve our infrastructure assets in a sustainable manner.

Fleet Replacement - $3,200,000

The City’s diverse Fleet consists of City vehicles, transit buses, and essential City operations equipment. This initiative addresses the need to replace existing units to meet current quality and maintenance standards.

City Facility Upgrades - $12,030,000

Necessary upgrades are required to repair and replace aging facilities, address the needs of our rapidly growing City, and to improve the function and operation of City owned facilities.

East-West Transportation Corridor Studies - $2,000,000

The purpose of the study is to address long-term transportation deficiencies and determine solutions to streamline traffic flow and active transportation in the identified area. The study will consider existing conditions and future forecasts for factors affecting transportation requirements (e.g. population and employment growth.)

Social Services

Social Services budget graph by percent
Percent Department
7% Health and Long Term Care
7% Ontario Works
12% Social Housing
1% Child Care
6% Library
67% Fire, Police and Ambulance
Social Services Total Tax Operating Budget - $75,095,571

Key Priorities and Expenditures

Affordable Housing - $1,798,756

Secure, stable, and accessible housing is essential to help all residents reach their potential. The City provides 874 affordable housing units that support 2,622 adults and children. Since 2009, the value of all City housing assets has increased by $11M to $71.1M.

Digital Inclusion

Connecting residents with digital skills and resources increases employability, social connectedness, and educational attainment. In the past year, over 1,000 residents received computer training, 900 seniors E-filed taxes for the first time, and 50% of youths who visited digital spaces used the new technology for homework and job searching. The Province contributes an additional $150,000 in funding for these programs.

National Child Benefit Strategy

This Strategy helps reduce the impact of poverty by providing resources for our most vulnerable families. Locally each year, a total of 280,000 meals/snacks are provided in schools; 2,700 children participate in camps, after-school, and recreational programs; 104,170 pounds of food are supplied to the food bank; and 30,600 emergency meals are served.

Corporate Services

Social Services budget graph by percent
Percent Department
30% IT Services
16% Human Resources
6% Legal & Real Estate
17% Clerks Department
31% Finance Department
Corporate Services Total Tax Operating Budget - $8,911,490

Key Priorities and Expenditures

Corporate Information Technology Strategic Plan - $150,000

An updated IT Strategy is essential to provide various technology platforms for citizens to engage with the City and to maintain a strongtechnology infrastructure to support the City’s core services.

Budget Software - $100,000

New integrated budget software is needed to ensure a more effective and efficient annual budgeting process. Acquisition and implementation will be completed in 2016. The integrated budget software update will also facilitate the completion of multi-year budgets for the City.

Municipal Real Estate Master Plan - $150,000

As a component of the City’s Strategic Plan, the primary focus of the Master Plan will be a rationalization of the City’s current property inventory, the identification of future property needs and strategic property acquisitions.

Community Services

Community Services budget graph by percent
Percent Department
28% Recreation
5% Sanderson Centre
5% Building
9% Economic Development & Tourism
43% Parks
10% Planning
Community Services Total Tax Operating Budget - $14,698,000

Key Priorities and Expenditures

Parks & Recreation Master Plan - $150,000

Through a review of current facilities/programs, together with an extensive public consultation process, the Master Plan will provide guidance to City Council and staff on the future parks and leisure priorities, needed facilities spending and programing options desired by the community.

New Official Plan - $250,000

Main policy document guiding the community on land use planning and future development. Public consultation will be a major focus in 2016.

Economic Development Strategy - $115,000

This Strategy will be an integral part of the City’s economic development focus over the next 10 years. Retaining and attracting new businesses is essential in ongoing efforts to provide new job opportunities and increase tax assessment to keep property taxes low.

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