The municipal budget is one of the most important items that Council will pass each year and affects every resident, employee, and business in the City.
Below you will find important information concerning the 2024 municipal budget process.
How the Budget Process works
There are many factors to consider while planning a budget, such as Council priorities, service levels, and asset conditions while being fiscally responsible. Staff at the City of Brockville takes this responsibility seriously.
Municipal staff in Brockville begin working on the budget over the summer and fall months. Each Department reviews its activities and plans for the year ahead. Current and prior year’s actual expenditures are taken into consideration on each line item in detail. This information is used to project the required budget for the following year while considering, required service levels, work plans, and critical asset replacement.
Each department then meets with the City Manager, Treasurer and finance staff to review their budget requirements. This review takes a critical look at each departments proposed budget and begins the process of looking at the budget as a whole for the City. Service levels to the taxpayers of Brockville are an important consideration as well as the cost of those services. Each of the City department’s ability to perform those services requires conscientious review of work plans, required staffing level, asset maintenance, and asset replacement. It is also at this time when other funding opportunities such as Federal and Provincial grants, debt and possible cost sharing collaborations with neighbouring municipalities are considered.
This completes the preparation of the operating and capital budgets for presentation to Council.
When Municipalities set budget priorities, they need a balanced approach to ensure residents enjoy the same, and in some cases, increased services.
The City of Brockville’s budget is split between operating and capital budgets. The operating budget is just as it sounds; it is the budget to run the daily operations of the City, such as public works, parks and recreation, transit, fire, police, customer service, building and planning, transit, economic development, water and wastewater. Another large component of the operating budget is maintenance on the City’s assets that are managed through an asset management system.
The capital budget is for the purchasing or constructing tangible capital assets such as equipment, vehicles and road reconstructions. The tangible capital assets are managed as well through the asset management plan.
Key Dates for 2024 Budget Deliberations
- Tuesday September 26, 2023 – Budget Kick-Off
- Saturday October 21, 2023 – User Fees-Water and Wastewater Operating and Capital
- Saturday November 18, 2023 – General Levy Operating and Capital
- Tuesday November 28, 2023 – Community Partners
- January 9, 2024 – Final Budget approval
All Meeting Agendas and Meeting Minutes can be found on our Civic Web portal.
Asset Management Plan
The asset management plan is a strategy developed for the management of a municipality’s assets, including technical and financial management techniques over the life cycle of these assets. Asset management plans are used to optimize benefits, reduce risks, and provide satisfactory levels of service to the community in a sustainable and cost effective manner.
Understanding Your Tax Bill
Taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of a property and the combined tax rates that apply. The combined tax rate is made up of two components; a municipal rate and an education rate as mandated by the Province. The education portion of a tax bill is paid to the schoolboard listed on the property with The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. The municipal tax rate is calculated by dividing the current year tax levy, approved by Council during the budget process, by the total weighted assessment for the municipality as a whole.