Budget Branding

The budget is the City's plan for the coming period, expressed in dollars. The draft budget prepared by staff is the culmination of ongoing engagement on public priorities throughout the year starting with the strategic plan followed by master plans, public meetings, online engagement, and informal feedback. The budget is prepared taking into consideration both this community input and direction from City Council. The Budget and Audit Committee Chair is Councillor Mike Mann and the Vice-Chair is Councillor Donna Reid.

2020 Draft Budget

The 2020 Draft Budget and Business Plan, Investing in Our City, Invested in Our Citizens, includes the City's operating, water utility and capital budgets. The budget is presented in alignment with our strategic plan to clearly demonstrate how we're meeting our goals as a city. We are committed to the responsible allocation of tax dollars to ensure that our community is receiving the best possible services and that our city is moving forward in a progressive and innovative manner.

Please see news post and investment highlights.

 Draft 2020 Budget

*All documents below represent the proposed 2020 budget and are in draft form.

Draft 2020 Budget and Business plan: Key Investments

  • Dedicating $51.6 million of capital investment in our city’s core infrastructure – including our roads, our recreation facilities, and our parks.
  • Investing $200,000 in a new traffic calming program to ensure public safety.
  • Upgrading over 3 km of city roads to be reconstructed to improve aging infrastructure
  • Allocating $20 million under the Business Plan for the Core Areas Transformation Fund to help drive change in Hespeler, Galt, and Preston
  • Moving forward on design/engineering for important projects like the Fountain Street Soccer Park, the new Cambridge Recreation Complex, and the Preston Auditorium expansion.
  • Investing $204,000 for new and redeveloped multi-use trails throughout our city
  • Investing in our cemeteries, including building a new columbarium in Parklawn Cemetery
  • Installing a new pedestrian bridge and trail connection behind Galt Collegiate Institute.
  • Investing $265,000 for improvements to both Hespeler and Galt Arena - including new rink boards to support advertising and sponsorship revenue generation
  • Developing and building a brand new city park – Highland Ridge Park
  • Investing $170,000 for new play structures in two city parks - Gail St. Park and Northview Heights Lookout Park

Draft Household Impacts

Property tax increase is 4.01 per cent or $55/year

Water utilities increase is 3.40 per cent or $39/year

Total impact - $94/year

Budget Delegation

Budget delegation night, held by the Budget & Audit Committee, will take place on December 2, 2019 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers. This is an opportunity to share your views and provide information on the budget, budget process, or specific projects. You can either share your thoughts in person or you can submit your views in writing. Please visit www.cambridge.ca/delegation to register. All registrations and written submissions should be directed to the Office of the City Clerk no later than Friday, November 29, 2019.

City Clerk
50 Dickson Street
Cambridge, ON  N1R 5W8
clerks@cambridge.ca

Budget Engagement Survey

Thank you to those who participated in the budget survey, it provided valuable feedback that was taken into consideration in preparing the 2020 draft budget. The 2020 Budget Engagement Survey Results Report was received by the Budget & Audit Committee meeting on September 12.

Next Steps

December 5 – Budget presentation and Budget and Audit Committee deliberation

December 9 and 12 -  City Council Budget deliberation and final decision

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.

Past budgets

View the following documents related to the past budgets:

 2019 budget documents

2019 Approved Budget

The approved 2019 budget includes the City's operating, water utility and capital budgets. The budget is presented in alignment with our strategic plan to clearly demonstrate how we're meeting our goals as a city. We are committed to the responsible allocation of tax dollars to ensure that our community is receiving the best possible services and that our city is moving forward in a progressive and innovative manner. 

The 2019 approved rate changes and impact to the homeowner are calculated on an average house cost of $310,200.

The approved 2019 rate changes are:

  • Property tax increase is 2.38 per cent or $31.70 annually.
  • Water utility increase is 4.31 per cent or $48 annually.

The total impact annually on the average household is $79.70.

The approved 2019 budget summary and details are available below.

Read the 2019 Budget in Brief

View the Budget Info Series presentation 

Review the 2019 Budget Summary and Details

 

 2018 budget documents

2018 Multi-year Budget

View the 2018 Multi-Year Budget.

View the 2018 Draft Budget Summary Report for an overview of the 2018 multi-year budget. The Summary Report also includes potential impacts for the 2019 and 2020 budget forecasts.

2018 Operating Budget

View the following documents to learn more about the 2018 Operating Budget:

2018 Water and Sewer Budget

View Appendix D: 2018-2020 Water and Sewer Operating Budget and Forecast Details for more information.

2018 Capital Budget

View Appendix F: 2018-2027 Capital Project Details to learn more.

2018 Municipal Fees and Charges

The City's Fees and Charges outline the user fees for various city services. Council reviews and approves the Municipal Fees and Charges as part of the annual budget process.

View Appendix E: 2018 - 2020 Fees and Charges for a list of all fees for 2018, along with their 2019 and 2020 forecasts.

 2017 budget documents
 2016 budget documents
 2015 budget documents


If you require an accessible version of the budget documents, please contact Accessibility Planning and Inclusion Services.