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.
Proposed 2017 Budget and 2017-2019 Multi-Year Budget
The 2017 budget summary report provides an overview of the 2017 multi-year budget. The purpose of this document is to provide a summary of the 2017 budget and to highlight potential impacts for the 2018 and 2019 forecasts.
Please check back for the full 2017 Multi-Year Budget.
If you require an accessible version of the budget documents, please contact Accessibility Planning and Inclusion Services at email@example.com.
|2017 Budget Documents|
|2017 Draft Multi-Year Budget||Draft overview of the 2017 budget with forecasts for 2018 and 2019.||2016-11-18||PDF 2440Kb|
|2017 Multi-Year Budget Appendix A: 2017 Operating Budget Details||Detailed overview of the 2017 operating budget.||2016-11-18||PDF 2189Kb|
|2017 Multi-Year Budget Appendix B: 2018 Operating Forecast Details||Detailed overview of the 2018 budget forecast.||2016-11-18||PDF 1481Kb|
|2017 Multi-Year Budget Appendix C: 2019 Operating Forecast Details||Detailed overview of the 2018 budget forecast.||2016-11-18||PDF 1487Kb|
|2017 Multi-Year Budget Appendix D: 2017-2019 Water & Sewer Details||Detailed overview of the 2017 water and wastewater budget with forecasts for 2018 and 2019.||2016-11-18||PDF 652Kb|
|2017 Multi-Year Budget Appendix E: 2017-2019 Multi-Year Rate Review||The rate review details are part of the operating budget and are broken down into a separate file for your convenience.||2016-11-18||PDF 646Kb|
|2017 Multi-Year Budget Appendix F: 2017 Capital Project Details||Detailed overview of the capital projects over the next 10 years.||2016-11-18||PDF 8861Kb|
|2017 Draft Budget Summary Report||Draft summary of the 2017 City budget.||2016-11-08||PDF 1423Kb|
|Past Years' Budget Documents|
|2016 Multi-Year Budget||Complete overview of the 2016 budget with forecasts for 2017 and 2018.||2016-04-19||PDF 2387Kb|
|2016 Multi-Year Budget Appendix A: 2016 Operating Budget Details||Detailed overview of the 2016 operating budget.||2016-04-19||PDF 2403Kb|
|2016 Multi-Year Budget Appendix B: 2017 Operating Forecast Details||Detailed overview of the 2017 budget forecast.||2016-04-19||PDF 3357Kb|
|2016 Multi-Year Budget Appendix C: 2018 Operating Forecast Details||Detailed overview of the 2018 budget forecast.||2016-04-19||PDF 3341Kb|
|2016 Multi-Year Budget Appendix D: 2016-2018 Water and Sewer Operating Budget & Forecast Details||Detailed overview of the 2016 water and wastewater budget with forecasts for 2017 and 2018.||2016-04-19||PDF 1003Kb|
|2016 Multi-Year Budget Appendix E: 2016-2018 Multi-Year Rate Review||The rate review details are part of the operating budget and are broken down into a separate file for your convenience.||2016-04-19||PDF 948Kb|
|2016 Multi-Year Budget Appendix F: 2016-2025 Capital Project Details by Function||Detailed overview of the capital projects over the next 10 years.||2016-04-19||PDF 8588Kb|
|Jan 5 Council Agenda and Report||Agenda for the Jan. 5 Council meeting including the staff report.||2016-01-06||PDF 1373Kb|
|2016 Budget Summary Report||Summary of the 2016 budget published as part of the draft budget release.||2015-11-26||PDF 1707Kb|
|2015 Operating Budget||The PDF contains the 2015 Operating Budget for the City of Cambridge.||2015-08-31||PDF 5664Kb|
|2015 Operating Budget Presentation||Presentation of the 2015 Operating Budget.||2015-08-28||PDF 737Kb|
|2015 Budget Summary Report||Summary of the 2015 budget.||2015-08-28||PDF 1129Kb|
|2015 Rate Review||The Rate Review details are part of the Operating Budget process and are broken down into a separate file for your convenience.||2015-08-28||PDF 1211Kb|
|2015 Capital Budget Presentation||Presentation of the 2015 Capital Budget.||2015-08-28||PDF 266Kb|
|2014 - 2023 Capital Budget Overview||Budget Task Force Meeting - January 23, 2014||2015-08-28||PDF 172Kb|
|2015-2024 Capital Forecast and 2015 Equipment Budget||2015-2024 Capital Forecast and 2015 Equipment Budget||2015-03-05||PDF 8145Kb|
|2014 Budget Summary Report||2014 Budget Summary Report||2014-09-05||PDF 1938Kb|
|2014 Operating Budget||The PDF contains the approved Operating Budget for the City of Cambridge.||2014-09-04||PDF 3005Kb|
|2014 Operating Budget Overview||Budget Task Force Meeting - January 23, 2014||2014-07-03||PDF 876Kb|
|2014 Capital Budget||The 2014 Capital Budget includes the Equipment Budget information.||2014-03-18||PDF 3300Kb|
|2014 Rate Review||The Rate Review details are part of the Operating Budget process and are broken down into a separate file for your convenience.||2012-01-01||PDF 928Kb|