Budget Review

The 2020 draft operating budget and draft 2020-2022 capital budget has been tabled.  They have been prepared per the direction given by Council that the annual tax levy is not to be greater than 2.9%.  The draft budget proposes 2.89% for 2020 and forecast 2.88% for 2021 and 2.85% for 2022.  On January 17th Council will receiving the budgets and will begin the process of understanding and discussing.  Intent is to approve a budget January 27.  Below I have identified how public can review the budget; public are invited to provide comment either at the Committe of Whole (COW) meetings or to provide feedback to me and/or other members of Council.

Council meetings January 17 are very much focussed on budget.  At 5 pm there is a Committee of Whole (COW) Working Session at which Finance will review in detail the budget; public is able to listen.  At 6 the regular Council and COW will begin; in the latter the sole agenda item is the draft budget.   Here is the Staff report. To see the schedules identified in the Staff report, click here and scroll down.  Staff have also digitized the budget binder which is very comprehensive:  full review of business plans and program changes.   As always public can make deputations during the COW.

At time of writing I have not had adequate time to make comment. I welcome your comments.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

I wish everyone a joyful and safe time over the next couple weeks when there is more time being spent with family and dear friends.  May your hearts and homes be filled with laughter, joy and love.

 

 

 

Energy Management & Conservation Plan again

In Council December 2nd agenda there is a revised summary report for a corporate energy management and conservation plan; the background data/statistics and the specific proposed actions are in appendix A.   (It is a revision to the report presented at an earlier Council meeting which was referred back to Staff.)  I am very disappointed that Staff is recommending that we reduce our target of a 45% reduction in GHG by 2030 which Council unanimously adopted  5 months ago.  I am opposed as there is no rationale except that we don’t know exactly how we will achieve it and we know that it will be difficult to accomplish.  45 % is a bodacious target and its based on science.  The new proposed lower one is neither. I totally agree that any changes in service levels needs to carefully considered with community consultation which was erroneously not defined in the original report.  Page 46 of Appendix A identifies possible projects over next 3 years for reducing GHG and energy consumption; actual execution will be a function of budget deliberations and identifying other funding sources.  We need to have a 10 year plan identifying the possibilities for achieving 45%.

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2019 Modernization Funding Program

On December 2nd Council agenda there is a report reviewing how we spent the $725,000 received in 2019 as part of the Province’s Investment in Small and Rural Municipalities.  Consistent with the 2019 budget direction to prioritize deployment of resources on improving state of municipal roads and related infrastructure, the funds were directed to this. The report identifies all roads specifically improved using these funds.  The report indicates that future year budgets will include “re-alignment of periodic and seasonal maintenance related resource allocation that typically were required for most of the road sections identified” in the report.  As our reserve for energy management initiatives is very small, as identified in another post, this may be a source of additional funds for it.

Public Meeting: NW quadrant of Nobleton

At Council on Dec. 2nd there is a public meeting for the development application for the north-west quadrant of Nobleton.  The proposal is for 395 detached dwelling units.  The public meeting is the opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide comments.