2011 budget open houses allow residents additional opportunities to provide input

Thursday, January 20, 2011 – for immediate release

2011 budget open houses allow residents additional opportunities to provide input

Participating in the 2011 budget process just got a little easier. Four drop-in open houses are planned to allow residents a chance to see where exactly the proposed 3.32 per cent tax increase will be spent, how the increase impacts taxpayers, what programs and services may be impacted by suggested reductions, and how the town’s program-based budgeting works.

“Discussing a $311.6 million operating and capital budget can be complex,” said Councillor Tom Adams, chair of the Budget Committee. “That’s why we’re attempting to break it down in a way that shows residents what the increase means to them. Council will be considering options to cut programs and services to reduce the tax increase, so we need your input.”

Residents can also participate by completing a confidential comment card, taking a short survey ranking spending priorities, or by chatting with staff and members of the Budget Committee in attendance.

Budget Committee meetings will be held throughout the month of February. Staff will present detailed program-by-program budgets to the committee on Thursday, February 3, 2011. Public delegations are scheduled for February 15 and 16.  Budget Committee deliberations are scheduled for February 24 and February 28 (as required). Final decisions will be made by Council in March.

The 2011 Budget Committee will consider all submissions, whether in person, writing or email as part of their budget deliberations. Residents who wish to appear before the Budget Committee as a delegate should register at townclerk@oakville.ca or call 905-815-6015.

All Budget Committee meetings are held at Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road, and are open to the public. Visit the 2011 Budget page for upcoming meeting dates, to view the budget documents or for additional budget information. For those who cannot attend the Budget Committee meetings in person, they will be streamed live over the Internet at TownTV.ca. 

The proposed 3.32 per cent tax increase to protect existing program and service levels would see residential property taxes increase by $33 per $100,000 of assessment and includes previous financial commitments such as road pavement improvements, renovations to Queen Elizabeth Park Community Centre, annualization of costs associated with Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, and the completion of a new transit facility.

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Media contacts

Nancy Sully
Deputy Treasurer and Director of Financial Planning
905-845-6601, ext. 3143
nsully@oakville.ca

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Corporate Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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2011 budget open houses allow residents additional opportunities to provide input