Councillor Adams appointed chair of 2017 Budget Committee

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 – for immediate release

Councillor Adams appointed chair of 2017 Budget Committee

At the inaugural 2017 Budget Committee meeting on June 27, 2016, Councillor Tom Adams was appointed for a ninth consecutive year as Oakville’s budget chair. Councillor Adams holds his Master’s in Business Administration from McMaster University and is a former senior risk manager to one of Canada’s major financial institutions.

Oakville is committed to offering valued services and programs to residents and making strategic investments in community priorities. Each year the town’s annual budget is one of the most important tasks facing Town Council, and Council has directed staff to prepare a budget that keeps the overall tax increase in line with inflation.

“Keeping our finances stable, secure, and healthy is a key part of our vision to make Oakville the most livable town in Canada,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Councillor Adams has a fantastic track record as budget chair and I am confident that his experience will help us once again meet our goal of keeping tax increases in line with inflation.”

As its first order of business, the Budget Committee received details of the 2017 process, which includes four meetings scheduled for November to provide an overview of the budget, staff presentations, and to receive delegations from the public and key stakeholders. The final staff recommended budget will be presented to Council on November 15, 2016, with Budget Committee recommendations finalized on December 6, 2016. Council approval of the operating and capital budgets is set for December 12, 2016.

“Public input is a critical piece of our annual budget process and I look forward to engaging with residents over the next few months,” Councillor Adams said. “Our key focus for this budget is to meet our goal of keeping overall property tax increases in line with inflation, while building and renewing infrastructure and maintaining high quality services for the community.”

For more information, access the staff report included in the June 27, 2016 Budget Committee meeting agenda or visit the 2017 Budget page.


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Councillor Adams appointed chair of 2016 Budget Committee

2016 budget process begins with review of the draft 2016 Capital Budget and 10-year Capital Forecast

At the October 5, 2015, 2016 Budget Committee meeting, Councillor Tom Adams was selected for the eighth consecutive year as Oakville’s budget chair. Councillor Adams holds his Master’s in Business Administration from McMaster University and is a former senior risk manager to one of Canada’s major financial institutions.

“The proposed capital budget once again demonstrates accountability and responsible management of taxpayer dollars,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “I am confident that our Budget Chair will ensure we continue to provide residents with the services and programs they expect while keeping taxes in line with inflation.”

Oakville is committed to offering valued services and programs to residents and making strategic investments in community priorities. Each year the town’s annual budget is one of the most important tasks facing Town Council, and Council has directed staff to prepare a budget that keeps the overall tax increase in line with inflation.

As its first order of business, the Budget Committee received the Draft 2016 Capital Budget and 2016-2025 Capital Budget and Forecast. Staff is recommending a $99.8 million budget in 2016 and just over $1 billion for capital requirements over the next 10 years. Oakville’s capital budget is aimed at five key components – infrastructure renewal, growth, strategic priorities, community enhancements and enterprise initiatives.

With a $600 million investment over 10 years in roads and transit Oakville will be able to maintain its current road infrastructure and keep up with community growth. This fulfils Council’s commitment to infrastructure renewal including new road and bridge construction, road resurfacing, storm water management and a better transit system over the next decade.

The remainder of the 10-year Capital Budget is set for major projects including $29.4 million for the Oakville Arena rehabilitation and seniors centre set for completion in 2018; $25.1 million for the South Central Community Centre scheduled for completion in 2020; and $28.8 million for the town’s Emerald Ash Borer management program. The town will also be setting aside funding for a wide variety of other community programs such as harbours, parks and open space, forestry and other community and culture facilities.

Council is planning a financially sustainable future for Oakville by carefully managing its debt levels. The $90 million debt issued for the contribution to Oakville’s new hospital is being paid for by non-tax supported sources and development charges are being used to the maximum extent possible to fund new growth related infrastructure. The recommended issuance of $11.5 million in debt to fund the LED streetlight replacement plan will be paid for by energy savings created by the project itself.

“The recommended capital budget invests in infrastructure renewal for the benefit of existing residents and provides infrastructure to keep up with new development in a way that makes the development community pay for growth to the maximum extent allowed,” said Budget Committee Chair Councillor Tom Adams. “I encourage residents to review the budget documents and provide feedback. These will be your tax dollars at work.”

The Budget Committee will reconvene on Wednesday, October 21 at 9:30 a.m. in Council Chamber to hear staff presentations.

This year’s budget process runs to December 14, 2016, with the 2016 Capital Budget and 10-year Capital Forecast discussed in October, followed by the 2016 Operating Budget discussed in November. The Budget Committee’s recommendations on both the capital and the operating budgets will go to Council for final approval on December 14, 2015.

“I look forward to continuing to engage the public in our budget process,” said Councillor Adams. “Our budget will focus on building and maintaining infrastructure, delivering high quality programs and services while keeping overall property tax increases in-line with inflation.”

The proposed 2016 Capital Budget and 10-year Capital Forecast can be reviewed on the 2016 Budget Book page or in person at Town Hall at the ServiceOakville customer service desk.

Those wishing to appear before the Budget Committee as a delegate can register by emailing townclerk@oakville.ca or calling 905-815-6015. If you would like to attend the meeting and have any accessibility needs, please contact Kathy Patrick at 905-845-6601, ext. 4235 or fill out the accessible online feedback form.

Can’t make the Budget Committee meetings in person? Watch them live on TownTV or email your comments to budget@oakville.ca. Visit the 2016 Budget page for details. All submissions whether in person, writing, email or social media, will be considered as part of the Budget Committee deliberations.


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Oakville Town Council calls by-election

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 – for immediate release

Oakville Town Council calls by-election

On April 28, 2015, Oakville Town Council declared the seat of former Ward 6 Town Councillor Max Khan vacant and its intention to fill the vacancy through a by-election on July 13, 2015. Councillor Khan passed away suddenly on March 29, 2015.

After considering a report prepared by staff outlining proposed dates and details of a by-election, Council passed a resolution, put forward by Councillor Tom Adams, to hold a by-election on July 13, 2015.

The key dates for the 2015 Ward 6 Oakville By-Election include:

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 — Nomination period begins
Friday, May 29, 2015 — Nomination Day
Monday, July 13, 2015 — Voting Day

Nomination forms can now be filed in the Clerk’s department at Town Hall until May 29, 2015.

More information about the by-election including nomination forms can be found on the Town of Oakville Elections website.


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Councillor Tom Adams appointed chair of 2015 Budget Committee

Committee recommends modest increases to 2015 rates and fees

Oakville Budget Committee selected Town and Regional Councillor Tom Adams as the chair of the 2015 Budget Committee today.

This is Councillor Adams’ seventh year as budget chair. He holds an MBA from McMaster University and is a former senior risk manager to one of Canada’s major financial institutions.

“I want to congratulate Councillor Adams for being budget chair once again,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Based on his record, taxpayers can trust him to lead us to another below inflation budget year.”

As its first order of business, the committee recommended modest increases to the town’s 2015 rates and fees to help fund the delivery of programs and services to Oakville residents. The recommended rates and fees will go to Council for approval on January 26, 2015. Some of the rates and fees will come into effect on February 1, while others will start after March 1, 2015.

On average, the proposed rates and fee increases range between two and three per cent. The additional revenue realized from the fee changes totals close to $1.1 million.

The proposed 2015 rates and fees were shared with the public and user groups for feedback beginning December 18, 2014. In response to the feedback, the Budget Committee approved a motion by Councillor Elgar to recommend that student transit fees be frozen. The committee is also requesting that the province provide greater financial support for provincially-mandated accessible transit services.

The Budget Committee also recommended pre-approving capital projects that are scheduled to get underway during the first quarter of this year including funding for the town’s Emerald Ash Borer Management Program, the rehabilitation of Rebecca Street bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek, renovations to pool equipment and fitness change rooms at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre and repairs at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.

“I look forward to continuing to engage the public in our budget process,” said Councillor Adams. “Our budget will focus on building and maintaining infrastructure, delivering high quality programs and services while keeping overall property tax increases in-line with inflation.”

The proposed 2015 rates and fees can be reviewed on the Rates and Fees page or in person at Town Hall at the ServiceOakville customer service desk. Those wishing to appear as a delegate at Council on January 26, 2015, must register in advance by emailing townclerk@oakville.ca or calling 905-815-6015 by noon on January 26, 2015.

If you would like to attend the meeting and have any accessibility needs, please contact Kathy Patrick at 905-845-6601, ext. 4235 or fill out the accessible online feedback form.

The 2015 budget documents will be released to Council and the public on February 19, 2015. The Budget Committee will hold both formal and informal public consultation meetings before the budget is brought forward to Council for approval on March 30, 2015.

Members of the community are also invited to complete the town’s online Citizen Survey to share your views on the town’s programs and services and priorities for the future.


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Oakville launches ‘Idea Forum’ to engage community in 2013 budget process

Thursday, October 18, 2012 – for immediate release

Oakville launches ‘Idea Forum’ to engage community in 2013 budget process

Town wants to know what programs and services make Oakville most livable

The Town of Oakville launched its crowdsourcing Idea Forum today, an innovative citizen engagement tool that encourages the community to submit ideas that will make Oakville more livable — and then rank them. The town will pilot the tool with a focus on the 2013 Budget by asking residents and stakeholders to share their ideas on programs and services that are most important to them. Residents are encouraged to post an idea, or vote on others until November 9 on the Oakville Idea Forum.

“Engaging the public always makes sense. We want to focus on areas that residents tell us are important to them,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This new tool will allow us to gain insight and better understand public perceptions. Not only will the results tell us where there is common interest, but it can also be an excellent source of fresh ideas.”

Oakville Idea Forum users can vote on up to ten ideas posted by residents and stakeholders, or they can post their own. All ideas generated will be shared with the Budget Committee for consideration. According to Budget Committee Chair Councillor Tom Adams, Oakville is committed to long-term financial sustainability and is in a strong position to respond to external economic pressures. He reiterated that Council’s objective is to keep the total property tax increases in line with inflation.

“Our citizen survey results tell us that 89 per cent of residents surveyed are satisfied with town services,” Councillor Adams said. “We’re committed to protecting existing service levels, ensuring that our infrastructure is in a state of good repair, and maintaining Oakville’s low debt level. As part of the budget process, we’ll be working hard to find efficiencies and to enhance the programs and services that residents value most.”

In addition to Oakville’s Idea Forum, the town will seek public input on the 2013 Budget through social media, informal open houses, email feedback, comment cards, and Budget Committee meetings. Hosted by UserVoice, Oakville also plans to use its Idea Forum to engage residents and generate new ideas on a number of topics, projects and initiatives.

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


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Councillor Adams appointed chair of 2013 Budget Committee

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 – for immediate release

Councillor Adams appointed chair of 2013 Budget Committee

Council direction to keep total tax increase in line with inflation

At Monday’s inaugural Budget Committee meeting, Councillor Tom Adams was unanimously appointed for a fifth consecutive year as Oakville’s Budget Chair. Councillor Adams holds his Master’s in Business Administration from McMaster University and is a former senior risk manager to one of Canada’s major financial institutions.

The Budget committee heard from senior staff about forecasted expenditure levels to ensure the total 2013 property tax increase does not exceed current inflation rates.

“Oakville’s finances are very strong,” Mayor Rob Burton said, “thanks to our very low level of tax supported debt and our funding of infrastructure renewal equal to the depreciation of our assets, which takes a lot of pressure off of the property tax.”

As its first order of business, the Budget Committee received the 2013 Budget Directions and 2014 and 2015 Budget Forecast. Plans for a series of fall public open houses, interactive online forums and Budget Committee meetings are underway, with the recommended 2013 budget targeted to go to Council in December.

“Connecting with the public is very important to us,” Budget Chair Councillor Adams explained, “Our goal is simple, make the budget as easy to understand as possible so all constituents can have their say. We plan to intensify our social media and online communication efforts to engage even more Oakville residents.”

Five years ago Oakville was the first Canadian municipality to shift to a fiscal management system called “Performance-Based Program Budgeting (PB2),” also known as budgeting for outcomes. The 2013 budget documents will be released in November. Watch the meeting on TownTV.

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

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


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Oakville seeking public input on 2012 budget

Three public open houses scheduled for January

Oakville’s making public input into the 2012 budget process easier than ever. The Town of Oakville will be hosting a series of public open houses, interactive online forums and Budget Committee meetings starting this month. The public can also follow the town on Facebook and Twitter to be part of the online community.

“Connecting with the public and involving them in the budget process is a Council priority,” said Budget Committee Chair Councillor Tom Adams. “Oakville is committed to long-term financial sustainability and is in a strong position to respond to external economic pressures. Council’s objective is to keep the total property tax increases in line with inflation.”

The town conducted a citizen survey in the spring and launched an online survey in November to engage the public about the top issues currently facing Oakville, and to better understand satisfaction levels with town programs and services to help identify budget preferences.

Town staff will present the official 2012 budget to the Budget Committee on Monday, January 16. The subsequent budget meetings will detail program and service priorities and offer opportunities for delegations to provide input to the Budget Committee before deliberations begin.

Oakville taxpayers are encouraged to join Councillor Tom Adams, chair of the Budget Committee at one of three informal budget open houses on:

Wednesday, January 18
7 to 8 p.m.
Glen Abbey Library
1415 Third Line

Tuesday, January 24
7 to 8 p.m.
Woodside Library
1274 Rebecca Street

Thursday, January 26
7 to 8 p.m.
Committee Room 1, Town Hall
1225 Trafalgar Road

Or have your say at the 2012 Budget Committee meetings located in Council Chamber at Town Hall on:

Monday, January 16
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Distribution of Budget Books and Overview Presentation

Thursday, January 19
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Commissioner Presentations

Friday, January 20 (as required)
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Commissioner Presentations

Thursday, February 2
7 to 10 p.m.
Delegations

Tuesday, February 7
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Delegations

Thursday, February 9
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Deliberations

Tuesday, February 14 (as required)
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Deliberations

Monday, March 5
7 p.m.
Council Approval

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.

“We want to better understand the public’s views on the services the town provides and how they should be funded. We’re committed to maintaining services, ensuring that Oakville’s infrastructure is in a state of good repair, and keeping the town’s low debt level,” added Councillor Adams.

For details visit the 2012 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
905-845-6601, ext. 3005
jivings@oakville.ca


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Councillor Adams appointed chair of 2012 Budget Committee

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 – for immediate release

Councillor Adams appointed chair of 2012 Budget Committee

Oakville Budget Committee yesterday selected Town and Regional Councillor Tom Adams as the chair of the 2012 Budget Committee.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to continue chairing the town’s Budget Committee,” said Councillor Adams. “As we have done in previous years, this year’s budgetary process will engage the public to ensure we continue to deliver high quality programs and services that are valued by the community and are fiscally responsible.”

This is Councillor Adams’ fourth year as budget chair. He holds an MBA from McMaster University and is a former senior risk manager to one of Canada’s major financial institutions.

“Council’s budget process is in the best hands possible with the MBA skill set and banking experience of Councillor Adams,” Mayor Rob Burton said.

As its first order of business, the Budget Committee received the 2012 Budget Directions and 2013 and 2014 Budget Forecast.

The 2012 budget documents will be released in early November. Staff will be working on their department budgets over the summer. Council’s 2011-2014 Strategic Plan and results from the 2011 Citizen Survey will help guide this process.

The Budget Committee will hold both formal and informal public consultation meetings this fall. The 2012 Budget is scheduled to be approved by Council in December 2011. Visit the Council Calendar for up-to-date meeting schedules.

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For more information:

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

Gisèle Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166
gshaw@oakville.ca


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Budget Committee directs staff to provide options to reduce forecasted tax increase

Monday, June 21, 2010 – for immediate release

Budget Committee directs staff to provide options to reduce forecasted tax increase

Oakville Council’s Budget Committee today directed staff to maximize efficiency and revenues for the 2011 Budget to keep potential property tax increases to the lowest possible amount. Staff is currently forecasting that the 2011 base budget will increase by 8.16 per cent to pay for town services and infrastructure costs.  This amounts to an estimated 3.92 per cent overall tax increase once the projected regional and educational tax requirements are calculated. The Budget Committee has directed staff to find efficiencies that would keep the base budget increase to only 5.7 per cent or a 3 per cent overall property tax increase.

           

“This Council is committed to ensuring local services are delivered effectively and at a reasonable cost to taxpayers,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Our taxpayers expect value for money and Council’s new performance-based, program-based (PB2) budget process focuses the town on delivering the right level of service to meet the needs of our community.”

The 2010 Budget Committee Chair, Town and Regional Councillor Tom Adams noted that last year, Council successfully reduced the town’s budget increase from 6.5 to 4.5 per cent resulting in a total property tax increase of only 1.6 per cent while enhancing several services such as transit and fire protection.

“This is just the first step in the 2011 budget process,” Councillor Adams noted. “The incoming 2011-2014 Council will work together with staff and the public to identify potential saving opportunities before the budget is finalized next January.”

Nancy Sully, the town’s deputy treasurer and director of Financial Planning noted that the recommended 2011 base budget also includes a one per cent capital levy and a one per cent local infrastructure levy to ensure the town’s infrastructure renewal needs are funded. The one per cent local infrastructure levy is a tax shift from the Region of Halton with no overall cost impact to the taxpayer.

In addition, costs to operate several new facilities including the Sixteen Mile Creek Sports Complex, the new transit facility and the QE Park Community centre are reflected in the proposed increase to the town’s base budget. The impact on the 2011 operating budget for these facilities as well as new parks, roads and other infrastructure equipment is estimated at $2.5 million in 2011.

The town’s budget book will be published early in December after the new Council chooses its 2011 Budget Committee. Budget Committee meetings will take place in December and January, with final Council approval targeted for late January 2011.

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For more information:

Nancy Sully
Deputy Treasurer and Director of Financial Planning
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3143

Gisèle Shaw
Manager, Corporate Communications
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3166


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