Setting Priorities for Municipal Services, Programs and Infrastructure
The municipal budget is a key policy and planning document that outlines our municipality’s priorities for services, programs and infrastructure. Setting the budget is a balancing act between often competing priorities – providing the high level of services that residents deserve and expect versus what we can afford.
Each year, municipal staff put forward a draft preliminary budget for comment. There are two parts – the operations budget that covers the day-to-day services of the municipality, and the capital budget that covers large infrastructure and other long-term projects. The Mayor and Council, with input from Middlesex Centre residents and businesses, make choices about what municipal services, programs and infrastructure projects should be included in the budget.
Budget Road Map
The “budget road map” is the annual route we follow as we move towards an approved budget for Middlesex Centre. We hope you’ll join us on this journey, and provide your thoughts on the development of Budget 2022!
Where are we in the process?
- Capital Budget Presentation - Tiffany Farrell, Director of Corporate Services, presented the 2022 Capital Budget to Council at their November 24, 2021 meeting. Recommended capital projects for the coming year total $24.98 million.
- The full 2022 Budget, including both the operating and capital budgets, is slated to go before Council at their December 8, 2021 meeting.
Municipal Budget Basics
In 2020, COVID-19 kept us from holding our traditional public meetings to share information about the budget and how it is created. Instead, Middlesex Centre staff recorded a series of short videos on budget basics. While the dollar figures might be a bit different from last year to this year, these videos provide a good overview of how we create the municipal budget and highlight how your tax dollars are spent:
- Budget Basics - A Balancing Act
- Budget Basics - Capital Budget and Asset Management
- Budget Basics - Property Taxes
- Budget Basics - Where your Tax Dollars Go: General Governance
- Budget Basics - Where your Tax Dollars Go: Community Services
- Budget Basics - Where your Tax Dollars Go: Fire Services
- Budget Basics - Where your Tax Dollars Go: Roads
- Budget Basics - Water, Wastewater and Stormwater: While not part of your property taxes, water and wastewater fees are something we often hear about at budget time. Watch this short video to learn a bit more on how your water rates ensure clean drinking water and a healthy environment.
You might also want to review:
- General Information on Municipal Budget
- Middlesex Centre "Budget 101" Presentation
- MPAC - Property Assessment Information
- A Primer on Reserves and Reserve Funds
- Municipal Debt Fact Sheet
Information on the 2021 Budget:
We want to hear from you! What do you see as priorities for the 2022 Middlesex Centre budget?
- The Budget Survey - Thank-you to those that completed the budget survey this summer.
- A presentation on the budget survey results was shared with Council at their meeting on Sept 22, 2021.
- You can find the full budget survey results in the attachments at the bottom of this page.
- We also will be looking to other recent surveys to incorporate your feedback into the 2022 Middlesex Centre budget. These include the Recreation and Facilities Survey (part of the Community Services Master Plan update) and the Sidewalks & Streetlights Survey.
- Public Information Booths - We were pleased to speak with residents about their priorities for the municipality at the Komoka Community Market on July 24, 2021 and at the Ilderton Farmers Market on August 7, 2021.
- Talk to Us Directly - You are welcome to provide your input or ask any questions by email or phone. Please contact Tiffany Farrell, Director of Corporate Services.
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