City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 7 Meeting?

Essentially, this is the fourth meeting in two days, and the second workshop for council in the same time period. This specific knowledge dump is all about the Guelph budget process. How does money work at City Hall? How do you make a budget? What considerations do you have to make? All these questions and more will be answered by a slate of representatives from the financial staff!

NOTE #1: Since of these meetings is a workshop and the other is brief meeting to pass appointments, there are no delegation opportunities at these meetings.

NOTE #2: In addition to appearing in-person, this meeting will also be live-streamed on the City of Guelph’s website here.

Council Budget Education Session – Continuing with the education of the new council, Corporate Services and financial staff will lead new and old members of the horseshoe through a primer about budgeting in Guelph. They will learn how the City of Guelph builds a budget, how the multi-year budgeting process itself works, and what the approved 2023 budget looks like.

Council will also learn about how the budget is connected to the Strategic Plan, the intricacies of revenues and expenses, the demands on compensation, and the role of capital investments, reserve funds and debt. All of this will cue up the January discussions on ratifying the 2023 budget, and then the approval of the full four-year multi-year budget at the end of next year. Also, expect a lot of questions about the impact of provincial legislation on municipal finances.

Available staff members will include Trevor Lee, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer, Corporate Services; Mark Ellis, General Manager, Human Resources; Tara Baker, Acting General Manager, Information Technology; Shanna O’Dwyer, Acting General Manager, Finance/City Treasurer; Karen Newland, Manager, Finance Client Services and Budget; Greg Clark, Manager, Special Projects; Colm Lynn, Acting Manager, Financial Strategy and Long-Term Planning; and Stephanie Devost, Senior Corporate Analyst.


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