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City of Thunder Bay Budget 3.17 per cent over 2019.

City of Thunder Bay Budget 3.17 per cent over 2019.

Public safety and socio-economic factors

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  January 3, 2020  (LSN)  The proposed 2020 Municipal Budget forms the starting point for City Council’s detailed review and provides an increase in the municipal tax levy after growth of $4.5 million or 2.32%. 

City of Thunder Bay Budget Announcement Norm Gale“The demand for services continues to rise in Thunder Bay, especially in the area of emergency services and public safety and as a result of socio-economic factors,” said Norm Gale, City Manager. “This budget is considerate of such demand in an environment of reduced provincial funding without substantial cuts or decreases to services.”

“Continued efforts to find efficiencies along with opportunities for additional revenue sources assisted in offsetting lower provincial funding and inflationary cost increases,” said Linda Evans, GM- Corporate Services & Long Term Care, City Treasurer.

 

2020 Key Budget Drivers

  • Expansion and increased expenditures to Police Services - $1.9 million
  • Expansion for Next Generation 911 - $0.4 million
  • Reduced annual funding through the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund - $0.7 million.
  • Increase to fringe benefits (CPP & LTD) - $0.6 million
  • Final transition of Solid Waste Diversion/Recycling costs to tax supported operations - $0.6 million
  • Increased debenture payments (Police / Fire Radios) - $0.4 million
  • Other expansions including City Solicitor, and costs associated with new assets - $0.4 million
  • Increased levy from Thunder Bay District Health Unit - $0.2 million
  • Increase to the capital budget funded by the tax levy - $0.2 million

Key drivers have been offset by:

  • Reduction to Thunder Bay District Social Services Administration Board levy budget - $0.7 million
  • Thunder Bay Hydro Corporation one time dividend - $0.5 million
  • Net impact of Tbaytel dividend policy update - $0.5 million
  • User fee increases - $0.4 million
  • Lower Transit budget to align with actual expenditures- $0.4 million

Investment in infrastructure renewal continues. The proposed 2020 Net Capital budget of $14.9 million represents an increase of $0.2 million over 2019 levels.  

The Public Pre-Budget & Post-Budget Deputation Meetings will take place on Jan. 9, and Feb. 3, at 6:30 pm, at City Hall in Council Chambers. Council’s Budget Reviews will take place on Jan. 14, 16, 22, and 29, with approval expected on Monday, Feb. 10.

The proposed 2020 Capital and Operating Budgets and Community Handbook are now available at the Waverley and Brodie Library branches, or can be accessed online at www.thunderbay.ca/budget

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Brian Hamilton said on Facebook
 

Brian Hamilton

4 hrs · 

Budget season begins!
🔺The 2020 budget got handed to City Council with a 3.17% levy increase from 2019. Where we go from here is up to you.
*We are currently servicing the same amount of facilities, parks, services etc that we had when our industrial tax base was 3x the size. Our emergency services take up a full 33% of the entire budget. This is not sustainable.
From a political perspective it is very difficult to make any changes, cut services or facilities without opposition. I think it is Council’s responsibility to make some tough decisions to ensure that Thunder Bay remains an attractive place to set up a business, grow a family or visit. To do that we have to be honest about what we can afford, what we need and build a roadmap of how to get there. We aren’t just looking at cutting services but examining how City Hall operates. One of the first things this Council did was to initiate a Core Program & Service Review. This audit examines the entire corporation to identify areas of potential savings and efficiencies(not always cuts but also opportunities for improved service delivery). I think it’s important to heed the findings of this review and plan prudently for the Thunder Bay of the future; aging population, more immigrants and First Nations families.
The challenge for us at City Hall is to run efficiently as possible as well as grow the City. It’s a balancing act that requires much research, deliberation and engagement with front line citizens, you.
Please note that on many issues there is no universal consensus. Thunder Bay has a multitude of competing interests. Every one of them with validity and importance.
What I’m asking of YOU through this budget process is honest engagement.
*This past year has been a battle field of political jabs and pot shots. We can do better. I am here to listen and also to inform. If we truly want to make a better Thunder Bay we will need to be able to coalesce an honest and open conversation on how to accomplish that. It is possible.
🔹Truthfully, Facebook is a challenging forum for hard conversations so i am inviting anyone that has a real interest in undertaking the difficult work of ensuring a more sustainable, beautiful and unified Thunder Bay to reach out and contact me directly. I am happy to meet in person, take phone calls and of course everyone is invited to the next McKellar Ward meeting(Feb 5th @ Slovak 7pm)to discuss concerns and ideas.
There is lots of work to do this next month. I will be accountable and transparent as always.
Thanks for tuning in, contributing to the conversation and especially for your individual efforts in making Thunder Bay the best it can be.

 

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