2016 Budget

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.

How does it work?

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.

How will the feedback be used?

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.

Have your say

This exercise is a new way for you to provide feedback to City Council on the proposed budget. Other ways to be involved include communicating with your Ward Councillors and delegating at Council.

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.

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OPERATING BUDGET Learn more

Guelph Public Library Learn more

Your choice

The Guelph Public Library supports lifelong learning to residents of Guelph by providing access to information and recreational resources that enrich, educate and entertain.

2015 approved Local Boards and Shared Services Budget

Move the slider to adjust your property tax allocation for Guelph Public Library.
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Guelph Police Service

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The Guelph Police Service provides policing services to the community by way of enforcement, crime prevention initiatives, intelligence-led policing and community partnerships.

2015 approved Local Boards and Shared Services Budget

Move the slider to adjust your property tax allocation for Guelph Police Service.
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Public Services

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Emergency Services

Emergency Services contributes to community well-being and public safety by providing Paramedics and Firefighters, community emergency management and education programs designed to keep the community safe in their homes and businesses.

Move the slider to adjust your property tax allocation for Emergency Services.
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Guelph Transit Learn more

Guelph Transit provides riders of all ages, incomes and physical abilities safe, affordable and inclusive public transportation throughout the city

Move the slider to adjust your property tax allocation for Guelph Transit.
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Operations Learn more

From maintaining Guelph’s roads, sidewalks (summer and winter), traffic signals, street lights and signs to maintaining the City’s diverse vehicle fleet and equipment to Downtown Housekeeping to ensuring property standards, licensing and by-laws being met, the Operations Department manages 24/7/365, on-the-ground, day-to-day work and first response for major weather events and significant incidents within the Community.

Move the slider to adjust your property tax allocation for Operations.
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Culture, Tourism and Community Investment Learn more

Culture, Tourism and Community Investment coordinates the delivery, marketing and support of fundraising for related programs and services, oversees the operations of the River Run Centre, Sleeman Centre, City Hall, Market Square, Farmers’ Market, Guelph Civic Museum and John McCrae House.

Move the slider to adjust your property tax allocation for Culture, Tourism and Community Investment.
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Parks and Recreation Learn more

Guelph’s parks and recreation opportunities provide residents with quality, safe and enjoyable activities, sport and passive recreational opportunities to enhance their quality of life.

Move the slider to adjust your property tax allocation for Parks and Recreation.
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Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services

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Solid Waste Resources

Solid Waste Resources looks for innovative ways to manage Guelph’s organic, recyclable, hazardous and other solid waste to reach the City’s goal of generating the least amount waste per capita of any comparable Canadian city.

Move the slider to adjust your property tax allocation for Solid Waste Resources.
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Engineering and Capital Infrastructure

Engineering and Capital Infrastructure works alongside other City departments to ensure Guelph is a well-designed safe, appealing and sustainable city.

Engineering and Capital Infrastructure is responsible for assessing, planning, design, and construction of over $2.3 billion capital infrastructure assets including road, storm, water and wastewater.

Move the slider to adjust your property tax allocation for Engineering and Capital Infrastructure.
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Planning, Urban Design and Building Services Learn more

As Guelph continues to grow the City ensures the community plan, design and form lends itself to being a vibrant, accessible, inclusive and beautiful city that attracts and supports residents, businesses and visitors. This work is done in part through the planning and design phase but also through the authorization of building construction and demolition.

Move the slider to adjust your property tax allocation for Planning, Urban Design and Building Services.
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Business Development and Enterprise Learn more

The City is working to create a community that attracts and supports business investment; fosters collaboration and partnerships among stakeholders; and leverages local, regional and national assets to create sustainable opportunities for Guelph.

Move the slider to adjust your property tax allocation for Business Development and Enterprise.
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Corporate Services

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Together, Corporate Services provides outstanding municipal service and value to the community by providing proactive advisory, information and service functions to the organization. Departments include Human Resources, Information Technology, Finance, Communications and Customer Service, and City Clerk’s Office.

Move the slider to adjust your property tax allocation for Corporate Services.
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Office of the Chief Administrative Officer Learn more

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The Office of the CAO leads the administration of the City of Guelph to achieve its mission to build an exceptional city by providing outstanding municipal service and value.

Move the slider to adjust your property tax allocation for the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.
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Mayor and City Council Learn more

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Working together, City of Guelph officials are committed to providing exceptional service to the community in ways that are respectful, accessible, fair and transparent.

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CAPITAL BUDGET Learn more

If you had $57 million to spend, how would you allocate those funds between the following capital programs?

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Guelph Police Services Learn more

The three year average spending for Guelph Police Services is $8,212,267 or approximately 14%.

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Emergency Services Learn more

The three year average spending for Emergency Services is $1,697,500 or approximately 3%.

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Guelph Transit Learn more

The three year average spending for Guelph Transit is $2,547,533 or approximately 4%.

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Solid Waste Resources Learn more

The three year average spending for Solid Waste Resources is $2,757,367 or approximately 5%.

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Culture, Tourism and Community Investments Learn more

The three year average spending for Culture, Tourism and Community Investments is $316,000 or approximately 1%.

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Park Design and Maintenance Learn more

The three year average spending for Park Design and Maintenance is $4,009,033 or approximately 7%.

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Recreation Programs and Facilities Learn more

The three year average spending for Recreation Programs and Facilities is $4,653,100 or approximately 8%.

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Operations Learn more

The three year average spending for Operations is $3,760,800 or approximately 7%.

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Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Learn more

The three year average spending for Engineering and Capital Infrastructure is $18,310,000 or approximately 32%.

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Planning and Urban Design Learn more

The three year average spending for Planning and Urban Design is $530,700 or approximately 1%.

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Business Development and Enterprise Learn more

The three year average spending for Business Development and Enterprise is $3,396,433 or approximately 6%.

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Facility Management Learn more

The three year average spending for Facilities Management is $4,175,533 or approximately 7%.

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Library Learn more

The three year average spending for Library is $176,667 or approximately 1%.

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Information Technology (Corporate Services) Learn more

The three year average spending for Information Technology is $2,442,733 or approximately 4%.

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WATER AND WASTEWATER SERVICES Learn more

The City of Guelph’s Water and Wastewater Services ensures a safe, secure and sustainable water supply for our community, and protects public health by ensuring reliable sanitary services and treatment to achieve high–quality effluent that meets or exceeds the regulatory requirements.

Combined, Water and Wastewater Services are responsible for planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance and overall management of over $1.08 billion in infrastructure assets.

Over the past five years, there have been 233 watermain breaks in the city, with 33 per cent happening in 2014.

Currently, all Guelph customers are billed for usage by a combined single per cubic metre rate of $3.18 for 2015 as well as a basic service charge that varies with customer pipe connection size. These rates cover the cost of service delivery and are directed to maintain the City’s infrastructure assets.

Do you believe that the City should allocate additional funds for the cost to replace aging infrastructure?
"Do you believe that the City should allocate additional funds for the cost to replace aging infrastructure? "
How should the funds to replace the City’s aging water and wastewater infrastructure be collected? (check all those that apply)
"How should the funds to replace the City’s aging water and wastewater infrastructure be collected? (check all those that apply)"

Comments

City Council and staff will not respond to questions asked through this exercise. If you have questions, please contact your Ward Councillor.

Self-Assessment and Demographics

Personal information is being collected in this survey and will be used to inform the City of Guelph’s 2016 budget process. The opinions and demographic information provided will help City Council identify public priorities and interests related to budget items.

Your participation is voluntary. Providing your name and email address is optional and this will only be used to send an email containing a link to a website with data on your budget choices compared to the community’s overall decisions. All individual responses will be kept confidential and will be summarized to reflect overall feedback received from the public.

Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, and in accordance with the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (MFIPPA).

For questions regarding the City’s budget simulator please contact William Gott, Manager, Financial Planning & Budget at william.gott@guelph.ca or at 519-822-1260 ext. 2325.

For questions regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of personal information please contact Jennifer Slater, Program Manager Information, Privacy and Elections at privacy@guelph.ca or at 519-822-1260 ext. 2605.

The simulated budget exercise is a pilot project. The following questions will help City staff evaluate the use of the tool and your personal level of understanding of the budget process.

Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements.
The City’s simulated budget exercise helped me to understand the types of decisions faced by City staff and City Council during the budget process.
"The City’s simulated budget exercise helped me to understand the types of decisions faced by City staff and City Council during the budget process."
Through the simulated budget exercise I have been able to learn more about City services.
"Through the simulated budget exercise I have been able to learn more about City services."
Through the simulated budget exercise I have been able to learn more about the City’s budget.
"Through the simulated budget exercise I have been able to learn more about the City’s budget."
Please rate your level of experience/knowledge with municipal budgets.
"Please rate your level of experience/knowledge with municipal budgets."
How often have you delegated/provided feedback to City Council and staff about the budget?
"How often have you delegated/provided feedback to City Council and staff about the budget?"
Would you use this or a simulator tool in the future?
"Would you use this or a simulator tool in the future? "

Email addresses will only be used to send you an email containing a link to a personal web page which will display your budget choices compared to the community’s overall decisions.

We will not share your email address or other contact information with any third parties.

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If you are satisfied with your choices, click "Submit".