DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Council will be going through a slightly different budget
process this year.
At a meeting held on Monday, Sept. 12th, councillors approved the 2017 budget process schedule, which includes several new changes. One of those is council selecting a target tax rate, before deliberations officially begin, for staff to work towards.
According to the report shown to council, this is slated to occur on Monday, October 3rd.
“This will help from an efficiency perspective,” CAO Paul Allore said. “We won’t just be generating a budget that will have a rate that may be unacceptable to council.”
Also new to the 2017 budget process is councillors giving staff a pre-budget wish list of items they would like to see in the operating or capital budget.
“The idea is, we’ll go away, we’ll evaluate these further, we will cost them and they will be reported back in context to the budget,” Mr. Allore said.
As well, online public consultations for the operating and capital budgets have been added to the process, with those scheduled to start Wednesday, Oct. 19th and Wednesday, Jan. 11th.
The budgets are also slated to be approved sooner than in past years. The capital budget is scheduled to be approved on Monday, Nov. 28th and the operating budget is expected to be approved in late February, as opposed to March or April like in past years.
At the end of the 2016 budget process, council approved a municipal tax rate increase of 1.2 per cent.
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