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 dollar and cents. It reflects itself in the activities and services you receive, which are in line with the Council's strategic plans. Every time you have your garbage collected, turn on the tap, have your road plowed, visit a park, or go for a walk 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 a percentage 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.

2022 Budget

The Municipality budget totals $31.4 million:

  • $25 million in operating expenses
  • $6.4 million in capital expenditures


  1. Budget Introduction
  2. Operating Budget
  3. Capital Budget
  4. Consolidated Debt
  5. Budget Reserve Balances and Projects
  6. Performance Measures
  7. Glossary & Abbreviations
  8. Budget Presentation

Budget Deliberations





November 6, 2021

2022 Budget Discussions Begin


December 6, 2021

Budget Consolidation

Agenda & Video

January 10, 2022

Budget Adopted

Agenda & Video

January 10, 2022

Budget Concluded


Past Year Budgets


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.

2021 Financial Statement

View the 2021 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
  • 2021 Annual Financial Report

Past Reports

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

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.