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Ward 11 Brian's Beat: Discussing the Budget for 2017 - Part 1

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On Monday, May 30th 2016, Council received an update report leading up to the
Action Plan Mid-Cycle Adjustments in November 2016. This is the work going into the development of next year’s budget. Obviously, the economy has changed in the last two years so the focus of the budget is twofold:
1)      On the capital side, how do we use our capital budget as an economic driver and increase our rate of spending so we get the money out the door, and create the jobs quicker? We are also examining our capital projects for the ones that will provide both the best economic benefit and community benefit.

2)      On the operating side, which is where the property tax goes, we are looking for continued efficiency gains. Over the past 2 years, City Administration have found a total of $86M /year in efficiency gains. That search for efficiency is continuing.

We have in place a current budget that has a property tax increase of 4.7% for 2017. With further efficiency gains and one time spending, we can decrease that to 3.2% without affecting service. That will mean no increase to service, but no cuts either. Council on Monday asked City staff to come back with a series of scenarios ranging from the 3.2% to a 0.0% tax increase. A 0% increase translates into a cut of $66M in services. We have asked for options across that range. These options will come back to City Council on Monday, June 27th 2016.
Interested in the Budget Discussion? Check out Part 2 & Part 3.



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