City budget public engagement recap
Community input is vital to the budget process and this year the City reached out in number of ways to get feedback. We were glad to see so many community members come out to the three roadshow events to share their thoughts. In addition, several residents stopped by the budget open house at the Cambridge Mall and have provided feedback online at EngageCambridge.
Through the face-to-face sessions and online, we were able to provide information on how we develop a City budget that balances the cost of current services with future growth. We had some great discussions with residents and look forward to providing community suggestions to the Budget and Audit Committee for review.
Weren't able to attend?
See below for the top three questions and answers from the budget roadshow sessions.
Does cutting the loose leaf collection program actually save money?
The elimination of the loose leaf collection program would result in a net savings of approximately $371,000. These available funds would be transferred to other city services to either maintain or increase that service without an additional tax increase.
How does the City decide which services are reviewed during the budget process?
When deciding which services are reviewed, the City looks at the service's impact on the community as a whole. The City's priority is to invest capital money across a wide variety of areas (arts and culture, downtown cores, recreation, etc.) to enhance our community and maximize community impact. To do this, the City must balance the cost of maintaining existing services with the investment needed for these growth initiatives.
Why is the City suggesting Soper Pool close?
Soper Pool opened in 1967 with an approximate 50 year life cycle. The pool is in need of significant repairs and capital investment in order to sustain operation. Based on user data, it is the least attended of all the City pools with the exception of last year. An issue with the pool's lining was also discovered when it closed for the season this year and would have to be replaced before the pool can re-open.
The City will be presenting the 2017 Operating, Capital and Water and Wastewater budgets to the Budget and Audit Committee on November 21st and 24th at 6:00 pm in the Council Chambers. These meeting are open to the public and any citizen that would like to register as a delegation can do so by contacting the City Clerk.
Staff will be compiling the comments received from the public through the Public Road Shows, Online Consultation and various emails for presentation to the Budget and Audit Committee on November 21st. The City would like to thank the residents for taking to provide us with comments that will help to shape the 2017 budgets.
How does a City develop its budget?
Each year, city council approves an annual budget, made up of three parts:
Operating Budget - Annual operations of city facilities and services, primarily funded through property taxes and user fees, excluding water and sewer.
Water and Sewer Budget - Annual operations of water and sewer distribution, funded through user rates.
Capital Budget - Capital program for all city projects, funded through taxes, water and sewer fees, development charges, debt, grants, or other reserve funds.
Budget and Audit Committee recommended changes
The Budget and Audit Committee reviewed the draft budgets below and provided some recommended changes that will be brought forward to City Council. View a summary of the recommeded changes.
2017 Draft Multi-Year Budget
View the 2017 Draft Multi-Year Budget. This budget includes:
- The operating, water and sewer, and capital budgets for 2017
- The operating budget forecasts for 2018 and 2019
- The water and sewer budget forecasts for 2018 and 2019
- The capital budget forecasts for 2017 to 2026
View the 2017 Draft Budget Summary Report for an overview of the 2017 multi-year budget. The Summary Report also includes potential impacts for the 2017 and 2018 budget forecasts.
2017 Operating Budget
View the following documents to learn more about the 2017 Draft Operating Budget:
- Appendix A: 2017 Operating Budget Details
- Appendix B: 2018 Operating Forecast Details
- Appendix C: 2019 Operating Forecast Details
2017 Water and Sewer Budget
View Appendix D: 2017 to 2019 Water and Sewer Operating Budget and Forecast Details for more information.
2017 Capital Budget
View Appendix F: 2017 - 2026 Capital Project Details by Function to learn more.
2017 Rate Review
The City's Rate Review outlines the user fees for various city services. Council reviews and approves the Rate Review as part of the annual budget process.
View Appendix E: 2017 - 2019 Multi Year Rate Review for a list of all fees for 2017, along with their 2018 and 2019 forecasts.
View the following documents related to the past budgets:
If you require an accessible version of the budget documents, please contact Accessibility Planning and Inclusion Services.