Budget 2019 - 2021

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Budget 2019-2021 approved by Council on December 10, 2018

The City is planning for its next three-year budget in a time of significant change in the economy and shifting demographics. As well, several factors are increasing our operating costs from increases in electricity, fire protection, and debt servicing charges, to name a few.

The City has been working aggressively to find ways to operate more efficiently (from program review in 2016 to our current continuous improvement efforts) and Council is committed to keeping our human resources costs under control, to aggressively address the problem of rising power rates and to focus on stability through partnerships with community and government organizations.

However, with the slowing of the economy and the expected reduction in assessed values for 2019, to balance the budget (a requirement by law), with no decrease in services, the City is projecting residential and commercial mill rate increases.

Review the materials on this page including videos which help outline what we are doing and some of the challenges we are facing. Check out our property tax calculator to see what this could mean for your household’s municipal tax bill. Check out the detailed breakdown of 2019 budget costs and the overview of capital spending in the documents library.

Budget 2019-2021 approved by Council on December 10, 2018

The City is planning for its next three-year budget in a time of significant change in the economy and shifting demographics. As well, several factors are increasing our operating costs from increases in electricity, fire protection, and debt servicing charges, to name a few.

The City has been working aggressively to find ways to operate more efficiently (from program review in 2016 to our current continuous improvement efforts) and Council is committed to keeping our human resources costs under control, to aggressively address the problem of rising power rates and to focus on stability through partnerships with community and government organizations.

However, with the slowing of the economy and the expected reduction in assessed values for 2019, to balance the budget (a requirement by law), with no decrease in services, the City is projecting residential and commercial mill rate increases.

Review the materials on this page including videos which help outline what we are doing and some of the challenges we are facing. Check out our property tax calculator to see what this could mean for your household’s municipal tax bill. Check out the detailed breakdown of 2019 budget costs and the overview of capital spending in the documents library.

Do you have questions about the budget not addressed here? Please visit the Questions and Answers section or post your question here and someone from the city will get back to you.

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