In the season finale of the annual budget process, the last two pieces of the City’s financial puzzle will fall into place, but how will the final numbers add up? Who knows? But here is where it will begin.
CS-2019-06 2019 Tax Supported Operating Budget – Recommendation:
1. That the 2019 tax supported operating budget be approved with a property tax increase net of assessment growth of 3.93 per cent over 2018 and a property tax and payment-in-lieu of taxes levy of $243,330,620 inclusive of the following:
a) A departmental base operating budget including user fee increases, totaling an increased net levy requirement of $2,427,604 or 1.04 per cent.
b) Capital financing and general revenues including a 1.00 per cent dedicated infrastructure levy, totaling an increased net levy requirement of $3,867,656 or 1.65 per cent.
c) A local boards and shared services operating budget, totaling an increased net levy requirement of $1,568,904 or 0.67 per cent.
d) Council in-year decisions totaling an increased net levy requirement of $2,247,886 or 0.96 per cent.
e) Increased assessment growth revenue of $3,700,000 or 1.58 per cent.
f) Department growth budget requests totaling an increased net levy requirement of $1,274,905 or 0.54 per cent.
g) Local board growth budget requests totaling an increased net levy requirement of $558,200 or 0.24 per cent.
h) Department service enhancements and service review requests totaling an increased net levy requirement of $1,030,800 or 0.44 per cent.
i) A departmental base operating budget reduction for 2019 NUME compensation of $75,300 or 0.03 per cent.
j) Reserve and reserve fund transfers (page 120 to 127) in the tax supported operating budget.
2. That the proposed user fees posted here be approved and enacted through by-law.
3. That a new Rental Property Reserve to align City-owned rental property revenue with associated maintenance and capital expenditures be created and that Appendix A of the General Reserve and Reserve Fund Policy be updated and referred to the 2018 Year-end Reserve and Reserve Fund report for approval.
4. That a new Parking Capital Reserve Fund to support the Council approved Parking Master Plan financial model be created and that Appendix A of the General Reserve and Reserve Fund Policy be updated and referred to the 2018 Year-end Reserve and Reserve Fund report for approval.
5. That the 2019 Downtown Guelph Business Association budget with gross expenditures of $673,910 and a total levy of $630,000 be approved.
CS-2019-36 Budget Impacts per Ontario Regulations 284/09 and Budget Public Sector Accounting Standards Reconciliation – Recommendation:
That report CS-2019-36 Budget Impacts per Ontario Regulation 284/09 and Budget Public Sector Accounting Standards Reconciliation be approved.
Expect for councillors to bring forward their own recommendations for budget expansions and savings, including:
- $158,000 for the new Rotary Trail connecting City trails, and the trails at Guelph Lake.
- $330,000 for affordable housing.
- A review of changes to parking fees, perhaps a two-year phase in of the increase
- Additional funding for the Community Wellbeing grant program.
- Adding two more stainless steel vending machines at City facilities.
- Partial approval of the new full-time equivalent positions proposed in the budget.
- Increased or continued funding for various social assistance programs including the Community Health Van, the Welcoming Streets Initiative, the Support Recovery Room, and the Court Support Worker. Exact dollar amount to be determined depending on funding commitments from City partners.