BUDGET MEETING RECAP: How The First Multiyear Budget Was Made

Eight-and-a-half hours comes out to a 4.21 per cent increase in 2022 and then a 5.17 per cent levy increase for 2023. Those are top level results from this year’s budget deliberations, the first time that council tackled a multiyear budget. The City of Guelph seems satisfied with the results, but reading between the lines, there were some deep divides on council as some members feel that the City lost the fight for affordability. Continue reading “BUDGET MEETING RECAP: How The First Multiyear Budget Was Made”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 2, 2021

It’s decision day for the 2022-2023 Guelph Budget! You can click here for the amended agendas from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for December 2, 2021”

This Month at Council – THE BUDGET: The Presentation and the Delegations.

November was always the month we handle the next year’s budget, except this time it’s the budget for the next two years. Once again, council sat down for a day-long budget presentation, and a few nights later, they heard from members of community about their own ideas about what should, or should not, go into the budget. So how did all that work out? Let’s recap this month’s action around the budget. Continue reading “This Month at Council – THE BUDGET: The Presentation and the Delegations.”

RECAP: City of Guelph Exec Team Answers Budget Questions in Town Hall

In a little over a week, city council will be asked to make some pretty big decisions about the 2022 and 2023 Guelph Budget. On Tuesday night, the chief administrative officer, his three deputies, and the City’s treasurer got together on stage at the River Run Centre for a live virtual town hall to answer people’s question about this difficult and multifaceted budget. So what were people interested in talking about? The recap is below. Continue reading “RECAP: City of Guelph Exec Team Answers Budget Questions in Town Hall”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 2 Meeting?

This is the moment council’s either been waiting for or dreading depending on their priorities. December begins with the final decision for the 2022-2023 Guelph budget, the first multiyear budget and the last budget before the next election. There’s a lot of hard work ahead, and it’s probably going to be a long meeting for council as they try to add everything up. Here’s what they’re up against… Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the December 2 Meeting?”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 18, 2021

The people will get a chance to have their say about the 2022 and 2023 budgets. You can click here for the amended agendas from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 18, 2021”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 16, 2021

Strap for a full day of budget action! You can click here for the amended agendas from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for November 16, 2021”

City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 16 Meeting?

If calculators and spreadsheets are your fetish, then this is the most wonderful time of the year for you! Budget season is finally here, and it’s extra special this year because this is the City of Guelph’s first ever multi-year budget!! The pressures of a growing city will meet the pressure of delivering something that’s affordable for the average Guelphite as we kick off the City’s second annual day-long budget presentation. Continue reading “City Council Preview – What’s on the Agenda for the November 16 Meeting?”

This Month at Council PART 2: Workshops, Development Charges, and More Drama

For a time, the second half of the month at council was more dry and wonkish with special meetings and workshops about dry subject matter like Development Charges and the multi-year budget. Fortunately (or unfortunately depending on your point of view), council made up for some of the lost drama at the month’s regular council meeting, where they revisited the internal misunderstandings that stared the month. Here’s the second part of the recap. Continue reading “This Month at Council PART 2: Workshops, Development Charges, and More Drama”

LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for October 18, 2021

Before we get to the actual budget, we’re having another workshop about it. You can click here for the amended agendas from City Hall, and you can click here for the Politico preview. For the complete blow-by-blow of today’s council meeting, you can follow along on Twitter, or follow the tweets below. You can also watch the City’s own live-stream of the meeting here. Continue reading “LIVE BLOG: City Council Meeting for October 18, 2021”