The 2018 Operating Budget in More Detail

Previously on Guelph Politico, we previewed the 2018 Tax-Supported Operating Budget in a very general way. Overall, the proposed budget suggests a 2.19 per cent, or $232,907,226, increase over the 2017 budget, and then there’s potential for spending 1.4 per cent more, or $3,194,028, in expansion packages. So what new spending is there in the 2018 budget? What new savings? What are the details behind those numbers? Continue reading “The 2018 Operating Budget in More Detail”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 15 Meeting?

It’s the final piece of the budget puzzle for 2018: the budget for Guelph’s subsidiary boards and shared services.The library, public health, the police, and county services are all up for presentation and discussion in the final council meeting before we hear from the general public. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 15 Meeting?”

Upcoming Councillor Town Halls on Budget and Other Things

Anxious to give your feedback on city matters? Engaging with you representatives virtually (or digitally) not enough? Well there are several opportunities coming up to meet face-to-face with your elected representatives, and here they are presented in one, convenient, chronological list. Continue reading “Upcoming Councillor Town Halls on Budget and Other Things”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 2, 2017

Decisions will be made! Two important portions of the 2018 Budget will be voted on today. You can click here for the agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 2, 2017”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 8 Meeting?

The biggest piece of the the 2018 Budget, the Tax -Supported Operating Budget, has finally been revealed for all to see. The very general overview of the numbers we’re talking about and the increases (and in some cases, decreases) you will see are outlined below. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 8 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for October 26, 2017

Budget battles begin as delegates offer their opinions on the 2018 Capital Budget, and the 2018 Non-Tax Supported Budget. You can click here for the agenda from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of tonight’s council meeting, you can follow me on Twitter, or follow along below via Storify. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for October 26, 2017”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 26 Meeting?

Tax season officially begins next Thursday with the presentation of the 2018 Non-Tax Supported Operating Budget, the 2018 Capital Budget, and the 2019-2027 Capital Forecast. Take heed, this there will only be a one week break between when this is presented, and when council votes on it. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the October 26 Meeting?”

GUELPH POLITICAST #99 – Listener Q and A

You had questions, and I had answers. Last week, I put out a request on the various social media lines for your queries about current events at city council and the City of Guelph, and you responded with about a dozen of them. This is where you get your answers. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #99 – Listener Q and A”

GUELPH POLITICAST #98 – Tara Baker, City Treasurer

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… if math is a hobby, or you fetishize your calculator. Yes, the 2018 budget deliberations are about to start at city council, and to put you in a budgeting kind of mood, we go behind the curtain this week to see how the the ones and zeros add up before they make it to the council floor. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #98 – Tara Baker, City Treasurer”