As part of our Strategic Plan to ensure the long-term financial stability of the Town and to involve the community in the ongoing work of the municipality, every fall, the municipality begins an extensive budgeting process. This process involves consultation with Council, Staff, and Public, ending with the development of a three-year operating budget and a five-year capital budget for the following year.

The Town’s budgeting goal is to ensure, through prudent fiscal planning, the long-term economic sustainability of our community.

2017 Approved Budget

The 2017 Approved Budget was passed by Council on February 13, 2017.

2018 Proposed Budget

The 2018 Proposed Budget and Staff Report is available for review. The 2018 Proposed Budget provides for the same service level and the same services delivered at a 0.74% increase over 2017. The blended tax rate, which combines Town, County, and Education tax rates, is 0.63%.

2018 Proposed Budget – Water and Wastewater Rates

The water and wastewater rates are a combination of a Fixed Charge and a Consumption Charge that is based on actual consumption.

The 2018 Proposed Water and Wastewater Budgets do not include any increases in the Fixed Charge or the Consumption Charge over the current 2017 rates.

2018 Proposed Budget Meetings

Committee of the Whole Budget Meetings will be taking place during the following times in the Council Chambers at Town Hall:

  • Monday, December 11, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.
  • Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

2018 Budget Timeline

The 2018 Proposed Budget is staff’s best estimate of 2018 costs and revenues based on current knowledge.

Once the 2018 Proposed Budget is released by Staff, the Town holds a series of Committee of the Whole Meetings, where the Proposed Budget is reviewed by Council, and a Public Information Session and Public Meeting is held to gain input from the public.

The following is a list of important dates in the 2018 Budget Process:

  • November 30, 2017:  2018 Proposed Budget is available on the Town’s website.
  • December 11-12, 2017:  Committee of The Whole Budget Meetings.
  • December 13, 2017:  Committee of The Whole Budget Meeting, if required.
  • January 2018:  An updated 2018 Draft Budget is available on the Town’s website.
  • January 22, 2018:  Public Information Session and Public Meeting.
  • January 29, 2018: Staff Report to follow the comments from the Public Meeting.



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