Work underway on 2012 Oakville municipal budget

Monday, October 03, 2011 – for immediate release

Work underway on 2012 Oakville municipal budget

Town Deputy Treasurer Nancy Sully presented an update to the Budget Committee on Friday noting that over the past three months, staff has found savings to reduce the town’s potential tax levy increase by about $2 million. An additional $3 million in savings is still required to achieve Council’s direction to keep the total property tax increase in line with current inflation rates. Staff also outlined a comprehensive public engagement strategy to encourage more citizen participation in the town’s budget process.

“Our recent citizen survey results show that 89 per cent of residents surveyed are satisfied with town services, but we are also aware that residents are split on the question of whether taxes should increase to maintain these services” said Budget Committee Chair Councillor Tom Adams. “We know our residents expect good value for their tax dollars and we will be taking a very close look at the information provided by staff to ensure we are providing the high quality services our residents expect in the most efficient manner.”

Staff compared Oakville’s existing program service levels to the cities of Guelph, Burlington and Mississauga to assess where the town provided enhanced service levels. The Budget Committee will evaluate the results of the review and identify areas for further study at its next meeting on October 12, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. to see if additional savings can be achieved.

The Budget Committee also adopted a comprehensive engagement strategy to actively involve citizens in the 2012 budget process. “Engaging the public makes good business sense. It’s about candid, two-way communication to help us achieve common goals,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We want to focus our tax dollars on areas that residents tell us are important to them. Public involvement puts us one step closer to becoming the most livable town in Canada.”

In addition to a recently conducted citizen survey, the town will seek public input through online surveys, informal open houses, email feedback, comment cards and Budget Committee meetings. The expanded use of social media will also be investigated as another vehicle to reach out to the community-at-large.

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Media contact:

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


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Work underway on 2012 Oakville municipal budget