Good evening everyone!

Tonight the 2015 non-tax supported budget was passed by council. Our staff originally predicted future budgets at a 10% increase year over year. Instead they presented to this council a 4.3% increase and then with further tweaking landed it at 4.1%.

This budget comprises of:

Wastewater Services:

The $28.8 million operating and $192.1 million 10-year capital budget and forecast support continued optimization of Guelph’s wastewater systems.

Building Services:

The $3 million operating and $166,000 10-year capital budget and forecast include continued investments to improve the City’s online building permit application system, and enhance service to residential and commercial customers.

Court Services:

The $3.35 million operating and $682,400 10-year capital budget and forecast include plans to implement convenient e-ticket processes.

These departments are funded through fees and rates. Not through your property taxes. This 4.1% increase over 2014 is approximately $2.58 per month for average residential annual bill.

Here is a link to the city media release: CLICK HERE

All budget related info is HERE

Next dates you should be aware of are:

February 25 – Proposed Capital Budget presentation and public delegations

February 26 – Proposed Local Boards Operating and Capital Budget presentation

March 5 – Proposed Operating Budget presentation

March 11 – Public delegation night

March 25 – Council deliberates and approves Operating and Capital budgets

March 31 – additional meeting for budget approvals if necessary

Thank you and take care,

Cam

You can call me Cam.

Hello Guelph!

I’m really excited to have my blog up and running for you! If you haven’t followed me on Twitter yet please do so here.

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This blog is about creating more transparency to you.

I’m working really hard for this city everyday. I’m working really hard for each of you everyday.

At my acceptance speech on election night I stated what I truly believe: “There’s enough room in this city for lots of ideas.” So please share them!

I also said something at my Inaugural Ceremony: “I will always welcome respectful dialogue and conversations that move our city forward.” So let’s be respectful.

So there you have it. My first blog post that asks you for only two things. Ideas and Respect. Knowing this community I don’t think I’ll have any problem with those requests. And by the way, you can call me Cam.

Take care!

Cam