The City of Burlington is preparing the 2017 capital and operating budgets. Each year we provide a public information session, web updates and opportunities for council delegations. We would like to increase public input and participation in the budget process. The budget provides funding for the services used by Burlington residents which are paid for by your taxes. Much of the budget is legislated or mandatory; however, your opinion matters and can influence various sections of the budget.
We heard from over 430 people through our recent online surveys, asking residents how they would like to learn about and be part of the City of Burlington 2017 budget process.
We heard that residents are interested in learning about the 2017 budget primarily through online means, the Burlington Post, in-person meetings and social media. Residents also indicated that they would like to have more influence in budget decisions.
A new, follow up survey is available for residents to provide input. This survey is asking people about which city service(s) they feel should have more or less funding, as well as gathering more detail about when and how to plan the public information nights or workshops.
If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Michelle Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-335-7600, ext. 7378.
Burlington, Ont. - Jan. 26, 2016 -The City of Burlington has approved the 2016 operating budget with a 3.14 per cent increase in the city's portion of property taxes, which will result in an overall property tax increase of two per cent when combined with Halton Region and the boards of education, or $17.10 per $100,000 of home assessment value.
Highlights of the approved budget include:
The 2016 Proposed Budget, Operating Budget report [F-47-15] and Capital Budget report [F-49-15], for the City of Burlington was presented to Council and the Public on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 in the City of Burlington Council Chambers. Watch the staff presentation of 2016 Proposed Budget.
Delegations for the 2016 Operating Budget were heard by the C&CS Committee on January 19, 2016 [F-47-15-2]. Review and discussion by the C&CS Committee of the 2016 Operating Budget occured and January 20, 2016 [webcast]. The 2016 Operating Budget was approved on January 25, 2016 [Council No. 1-16].
The approved 2015 and 2014 Operating and Capital Budget books are posted as an inaccessible PDF document. If you wish to request this document in alternative format or with communication supports, please submit an Accessible Document and Communication Request Form.
In partnership with Socrata, the City of Burlington has launched Open Budget, an e-Government Open Data pilot project to allow for visualization and exploration of the Capital and Operating Budgets. Open Budget is an application intended to drive greater government accountability and financial transparency. Open Budget is designed for quick deployment and citizen empowerment. The charts, graphs, and images are attractive, navigable, and easy to understand.
On July 6, 2015, the 2016 Budget Framework report (F-33-15) was presented to Committee. The report was presented to provide an understanding of the parameters upon which staff will prepare the 2016 Budget. It highlights the budget drivers that will impact the 2016 Budget and outlines the principles that have been recognized by this Council as important policy decisions.
Watch the webcast of the staff overview of the 2016 Budget Framework.
Read Your 2016 Municipal Tax Dollars at Work brochure.