Each year as part of the budget process, choices must be made to balance the needs and wants within the municipality. The 2017 budget is focused on delivering initiatives in the city's new Strategic Plan as well as maintaining existing service levels and planning for infrastructure renewal.
The Financial Overview of the 2017 Proposed Capital Budget and Forecast was presented to the Community and Corporate Services Committee on Nov. 21.
Committee reviewed and approved the proposed capital budget on Dec. 8. There were no changes to the proposed Capital Budget Book.
The Financial Overview of the 2017 Proposed Operating Budget was presented to the Community and Corporate Services Committee on Dec. 8, 2016. The Committee heard delegations on the proposed Operating Budget on Jan. 16, 2017 and reviewed and approved the proposed Operating Budget on Jan. 19, 2017. Council approved the Operating Budget on Jan. 23, 2017.
On July 11, 2016, the 2017 Budget Framework report (F-14-16) was presented to Committee. The report was presented to provide an understanding of the parameters upon which staff prepared the 2017 Budget. It highlights the budget drivers that impacted the 2017 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 2017 Budget Framework.
Read Your 2017 Municipal Tax Dollars at Work brochure.
Two surveys were issued over the summer and over 700 residents provided input into how and when they would like to be involved with the budget process.
The results of this online engagement was presented to the Community and Corporate Services Committee on Dec. 8, 2016.
The city hosted a meeting to inform the public on the draft 2017 budget Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Haber Recreation Center, 3040 Tim Dobbie Dr.
Thank you to those who attended and asked questions.
The approved 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.