One of the most important tasks for Council each year is Central Elgin’s annual budget. Budgeting is really about planning. Council balances the provision of quality services while maintaining property taxes at a reasonable level. The budget process starts with Council focusing on its goals and the Asset Management Plan. Municipal staff consider these policies as they develop the budget details. Council then makes the final budget decisions for 2017. Like your household, we must balance the budget.
Your input is particularly important to us so please learn more and have your say. Attend a Council budget meeting. Contact a Council member or submit a letter to Council with your views. Appear before Council as a delegation.
The Capital Budget and 5-Year Forecast is where the municipality plans for upcoming years and identifies how to pay for infrastructure projects such as road reconstruction, facilities, park improvements, public buildings, and water main replacements.
These projects are similar to those planned by homeowners who replace a roof, renovate or add on to their home. The Municipality of Central Elgin uses a number of funding sources to carry out capital projects although property tax funding is the most common. One thing is certain – existing infrastructure – roads, bridges, sidewalks, storm sewers, water mains, and recreational facilities continue to age and require capital spending on renewal and replacement.
The operating budget provides funds for the day to day operations of the municipality.
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