Oakville seeks input on 2011 budget reduction options and spending priorities through online survey

Thursday, January 27, 2011 – for immediate release

Oakville seeks input on 2011 budget reduction options and spending priorities through online survey

Oakville’s making public input into the 2011 budget process easier than ever. Whether you’re in the comfort of your home or travelling abroad, you can complete a short online survey to tell the Budget Committee which reduction options you support (or don’t support) and where you think your tax dollars should be spent.

Visit the 2011 Budget page to access the survey. All budget documents and detailed reduction options are available in the download section of the webpage for reference. If surveys aren’t for you, then simply email us at budget2011@oakville.ca with your comments. All resident input will be shared with the Budget Committee as part of their budget deliberations.

If you’d prefer face-to-face meetings, then check out our drop-in open houses for a chance to see where exactly the proposed 3.32 per cent total tax bill 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. Members of the Budget Committee and staff will also be available to answer any questions.

Residents who wish to appear before the Budget Committee as a delegate should register at townclerk@oakville.ca or call 905-815-6015. For those who cannot attend the Budget Committee meetings in person, they will be video-streamed live at TownTV.

The proposed 3.32 per cent tax total tax bill 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. For more information visit the 2011 Budget page.

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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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Oakville seeks input on 2011 budget reduction options and spending priorities through online survey