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Capital Budget Overview Nov. 9: Increase of 1.25% for infrastructure, more transit funding, 12 new initiatives

Committee of the Whole – Budget, 9:30am, Council Chambers

The Nov. 9 Committee of the Whole – Budget meeting will provide an overview of the 2018 Capital Budget. Discussion of the Capital Budget will continue with a review at the Dec. 1 COW – Budget meeting. Recommendations will go to City Council Dec. 11 for final approval.

I serve as Chair of COW-Budget. Watch for more details on these items, and My Take.


  • The budget reflects incremental tax supported funding of 1.25% ($1.9 million) from the operating budget to support infrastructure requirements of the city.
  • There are 12 new capital initiatives in 2018 totalling $4.1 million (net city $1.5 million).
  • Transit is underfunded. As part of the 2018 proposed capital budget, $787,000 of tax supported capital funding has been included to support transit facility and IT requirements in advance of the longer-term funding strategy.
  • The capital budget uses a variety of sources for funding the program. Tax supported
    funding (cash and debt funding from the operating budget) continues to be the largest
    component accounting for roughly half (57%) of the overall funding envelope. The
    budget continues to rely on the cash flow from development charge revenue to fund
    growth projects (8%) and park dedication reserve fund (4%) and other recreation facility
    renewal reserve funds for parks & recreation assets.
  • The city’s debt policy limits the total debt charges and liabilities as a percentage of revenues to 12.5% (provincial legislated limit is 25%). The city is at the debt limit over the next two years as the city is still required to make the last hospital cash commitment of approximately $15.5 million, after which debt capacity will become available.

Read the full agenda and related reports here: COW Budget Nov. 9

Residents can register to delegate (speak to committee) on any item on the agenda for up to 10 minutes. Advance registration is required: Register as a Delegation

Any motions or recommendations arising from this meeting will go to City Council for final approval Dec. 11, 6:30 pm, in Council Chambers. Residents can delegate at council for up to five minutes. Advance registration is required: Register as a Delegation

If you already spoke on an item at Committee, you can speak to Council, but must bring new information on that item.


Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.


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