Each year, the Municipality of Central Elgin goes through an annual budget process to develop budgets that support municipal operations and offer the programs and services needed to sustain the quality of life in the community.

The Budget is more than just numbers. It reflects itself in the activities and services you receive, which are in line with the Council's strategic plans. Whenever your garbage is collected, you turn on the faucet, your road gets cleared of snow, you visit a park, or take a stroll on a sidewalk, trail, or the beach, you see your tax dollars at work. The Municipality is committed to providing efficient and cost-effective services to our communities.


Property Taxes - your tax bill includes taxes collected for 3 levels of government: County, Municipality and Education. Below is an illustration showing the breakdown.

Municipal Services Include

  • Animal Control
  • Building Services
  • By-law Enforcement
  • Cemeteries
  • Development Services
  • Economic Development
  • Fire and Emergency Services
  • Waste Collection
  • Municipal Drains
  • Road Maintenance & Capital Works
  • Street Lighting
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Water and Wastewater

County Services Include

  • County Roads - Capital Works
  • Land Ambulance Services
  • Social Services and Housing
  • Public Health Services
  • Library Services
  • Homes for the Aged
  • Land Use Planning Approval Authority
  • Economic Development

The Council of the Municipality annually approves the operating budget and the capital budget.

What is a Capital Budget?

The Capital Budget supports the development of new, and the maintenance / rehabilitation of existing infrastructure, such as roads, parks, sidewalks, buildings and vehicles and equipment.

What is an Operating Budget?

The Operating Budget includes the expenditures required to deliver day to day services. It also includes revenues such as user fees, interest income, and building permit fees etc.

2023 Budget

The Municipality budget totals $47.5 million:

  • $28 million in operating expenses
  • $19.5 million in capital expenditures


2023 Budget Introduction

2023 Operating Budget

2023 Capital Budget

2023 Consolidated Debt

2023 Reserve Balances and Projections

2023 Performance Measures

2023 Appendices

Budget Deliberations





January 17, 2023

2023 Budget Discussions Begin

Agenda & Video

April 5, 2023

2023 Budget Discussions

Agenda & Video

April 13, 2023

Budget Adopted

Agenda & Video

Past Year Budgets


Budget Introduction

Operating Budget

Capital Budget

Consolidated Debt

Budget Reserve Balances and Projects

Performance Measures

Glossary & Abbreviations

Budget Presentation


2021 Budget Report

2021 Water Wastewater Budget Report

Operating and Capital Services

Operating and Capital Services

Beach Services

Corporate Services

Environmental and Health Services

General Government Services

Fire Services

Parks and Recreation Services

Physical Services

Wastewater Services

Water Services


Operating and Capital Services

Financial Statements

The consolidated financial statements reflect the assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses of the Municipality of Central Elgin.

The Municipal Act, 2001 requires that every municipality in Ontario prepare annual audited financial statements. For more details about requirements and understanding financial statements, please visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

2022 Financial Statement

View the 2022 Financial Statement. The report includes the following sections:


  • Management's Responsibility for Financial Reporting
  • Independent Auditors' Report
  • Financial Position Statement

Financial Reports

  • Operations and Accumulated Surplus
  • Change in Net Financial Debt
  • Statement of Cash Flows
  • Note to Financial Statements
  • Schedule of Segment Disclosure

Past Reports

Review the past financial reports for the Municipality of Central Elgin:

2021 Financial Report

2020 Financial Report

2019 Financial Report 

2018 Financial Report 

2017 Financial Report 

2016 Financial Report 

User Fees

User fees help the Municipality keep the cost of property taxes down by making sure that services which only a few people choose to use are not paid for by everyone. Please visit the User Fee page for more detailed information on the present and past year fees.

Asset Management

Central Elgin's Asset Management Plan outlines the Municipality's asset management practices, state of the infrastructure, levels of service, and life cycle and funding plans.