The period for collecting feedback through the 2016 budget simulator, for Council consideration, has closed. For other methods to have your say about the 2016 budget, please visit guelph.ca/budget. Feel free to explore the tool as much as you wish.
Welcome to the City of Guelph’s simulated budget exercise. This educational exercise allows you to be in control of the City’s budget as you experience the types of decisions City staff and Guelph City Council face when developing and approving the annual budget.
The 2016 simulated budget exercise is a pilot for the City. The feedback received is not statistically valid and will not inform the creation of the proposed budget.
Community feedback/results will be provided to Council during the budget process.
Part 1: Enter your current property value assessment in the space below to see how your tax dollars are allocated.
Part 2: Review the service descriptions. Move the sliders to the left or right to indicate the desired amount of tax dollars that you feel should be allocated to that service. You can simulate a budget increase or decrease, or leave the service at the 2015 approved amount.
Part 3: How would you spend $57 million in capital funds? We would like to know. Review the service areas and indicate how the City should allocate its funds based on percentages.
Part 4: The tough decisions are done. How did you do? Check out your City budget to see how your decisions would impact your property taxes and the overall tax levy.
The information on this site is for educational purposes only and is not statistically valid.
Community results collected between August 4 and September 21 will be included as an appendix to the 2016 proposed budget for consideration by City Council during budget deliberation.
The initial chart is based on a given assessment of $301,770. With that, a residential homeowner would pay $3,758 in taxes - $3,170 for municipal taxes (City of Guelph) and $588 for Educational taxes. These charts will update to reflect the taxes paid on the property value assessment inputed below.