2020 Budget

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The municipal budget is the City’s business plan for the year.

It describes the costs and revenues associated with delivering municipal services and enables residents to build an understanding about how taxes are used to invest in new infrastructure, repair existing assets and provide daily services that significantly impact the quality of life of residents in Greater Sudbury.

Learn more about the municipal budget by watching this short video:


The formal public input process is now closed.


The municipal budget is the City’s business plan for the year.

It describes the costs and revenues associated with delivering municipal services and enables residents to build an understanding about how taxes are used to invest in new infrastructure, repair existing assets and provide daily services that significantly impact the quality of life of residents in Greater Sudbury.

Learn more about the municipal budget by watching this short video:


The formal public input process is now closed.


  • 2020 Budget Emphasizes the Importance of Roads and Winter Control

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    6 months ago
    Following deliberations by the Finance and Administration Committee on December 3, 4, 5, 9 and 16, City Council has approved the 2020 Budget with increased investments in road maintenance and renewal, winter control, water and wastewater infrastructure, recreation facility maintenance and improvements, landfill and diversion sites, and information technology projects and solutions.

    Council approved a budget with a 4.8 per cent tax increase. For a typical home assessed at $230,000, this means approximately $12 more a month than 2019 property taxes. The 4.8 per cent increase includes a 3.3 per cent increase for operational needs and a 1.5 per cent...

    Following deliberations by the Finance and Administration Committee on December 3, 4, 5, 9 and 16, City Council has approved the 2020 Budget with increased investments in road maintenance and renewal, winter control, water and wastewater infrastructure, recreation facility maintenance and improvements, landfill and diversion sites, and information technology projects and solutions.

    Council approved a budget with a 4.8 per cent tax increase. For a typical home assessed at $230,000, this means approximately $12 more a month than 2019 property taxes. The 4.8 per cent increase includes a 3.3 per cent increase for operational needs and a 1.5 per cent capital levy.

    2020 Operating Budget

    The 2020 Operating Budget is $619.5 million and includes costs to perform routine operations and deliver Council’s approved service levels. Approximately 47% of the operating budget is funded by property taxes.
    • $1.7 million increase in winter control including the replacement and maintenance of snow plow equipment
    • $900,000 increase in the summer roads maintenance including asphalt repair and stormwater management
    • Continued progress on asset management planning to ensure the reliability of current and future assets
    • Continued investment in the future of the Junction
    2020 Capital Budget

    The $172 million capital budget ensures the best investment choices are made by ranking projects based on standard criteria and moving forward with the highest priorities. Of this $172 million, $43 million is funded by property taxes, $32.4 million is funded by water/wastewater user fees while the remainder comes from funding by other levels of government, reserve funds, third party recoveries and external debt financing.

    A special capital levy of 1.5% was approved to address infrastructure and asset renewal. A report will be presented to the Finance and Administration Committee recommending capital projects to be funded by this special levy.

    Highlights of the 2020 capital budget include significant investments in roads, recreation and other infrastructure:
    • $86 million invested in roads and drains, including $811,000 toward the Hot In-Place Asphalt Recycling pilot project, and $39 million in water and wastewater infrastructure, making up more than 73 per cent of the capital budget
    • $7.8 million to maintain and further improve GOVA services by accelerating the replacement of transit buses
    • $3.2 million investment in information technology projects and solutions to modernize customer transaction processes and improve customer service
    • $3.4 million investment in the replacement of Fire and Paramedic vehicles
    • $2.3 million in maintenance and improvements to leisure facilities including the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre and Dowling Leisure Centre
    • $1.4 million in landfill and waste diversion sites in Sudbury and Hanmer
    Business Cases

    The following business cases were funded from a variety of sources, including provincial funding/grants, reserves and the reallocation of dollars from deferred capital projects.
    • $6.1 million to complete the City-wide conversion of street lights to LED
    • $257,000 for the Community Paramedicine Program, to be funded from the provincial cannabis funding and $104,000 from provincial grants
    • $226,000 to increase security at City facilities in the downtown core, to be funded from the provincial cannabis funding and a $50,000 contribution from the Downtown BIA
    • $227,000 toward the Valley East Twin Pad Arena, funded by reallocated capital dollars
    • $128,300 in continued funding for the Downtown Sudbury Community Improvement Plan
    • $106,400 increased funding for the Northern Ontario Railway Museum and Heritage Centre
    • $91,800 toward additional lighting along the Junction Creek Waterway Park, funded by reallocated capital dollars and $90,300 from reserves.
    Water/Wastewater Budget

    The 4.8% water/wastewater user rate increase is in line with the long-term financial plan for the service. Municipal water and wastewater services are funded by end users as mandated by the province. There are approximately 48,000 water/wastewater customers in the community.

    The City is responsible for more than 1,800 kilometres of water and wastewater mains and the operations of the Biosolids Management Facility, 12 wastewater treatment facilities, two water treatment facilities, 23 water supply wells, 69 sewage lift stations, 12 pumping (booster) stations and nine water storage facilities. These assets are critical in the delivery of clean drinking water to residents, and the safe and environmentally responsible disposal of wastewater.

    Quotes

    “This budget reflects a significant investment into the future of our city,” said Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger. “Your City Council has approved a plan that is focused on making important investments in health and safety, the downtown, community building, tourism and economic development, and the environment. This was an enormous undertaking and I'd like to thank staff, my fellow Councillors and everyone who helped with input and a lot of hard work to see this through.”

    “The 2020 Budget reflects plans that will achieve significant asset renewal while continuing to provide many important services,” said Ed Archer, Chief Administrative Officer. “It takes a lot of teamwork and collaboration to successfully produce a municipality’s budget. I thank Council for their leadership and our staff for their commitment throughout the budget development process.”
  • Budget Public Input: Here's what you told us!

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    6 months ago

    The formal public input process is now closed.

    Thank you for participating in the 2020 budget. Your feedback is an important part of the City’s budget development process.

    The results of the submissions will be shared with City Council and with the public as part of the 2020 budget process, which is expected to wrap up in December 2019.

    These reports present the results of the public input process:

    1. Engagement Briefing Note

    2. Detailed Engagement Report

    3. Additional Public Input Received


    The formal public input process is now closed.

    Thank you for participating in the 2020 budget. Your feedback is an important part of the City’s budget development process.

    The results of the submissions will be shared with City Council and with the public as part of the 2020 budget process, which is expected to wrap up in December 2019.

    These reports present the results of the public input process:

    1. Engagement Briefing Note

    2. Detailed Engagement Report

    3. Additional Public Input Received


  • Build a budget with a budget allocation simulator

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    6 months ago
    The formal public input process is now closed.

  • Learn about the Budget Allocation Simulator

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    7 months ago

    Building your own budget will give you an opportunity to share the areas you feel tax dollars should be spent in 2020. With this simulation you will be able to see the impact of your decisions on developing and approving the annual budget.

    The Budget Simulator is based on $1,000 in property taxes and explains what portion is spent in each of the service areas.

    In the spending section, you’ll increase or decrease spending in 11 main service areas, with a goal of creating a balanced budget. As you increase or decrease spending, the toolbar at the top of the...

    Building your own budget will give you an opportunity to share the areas you feel tax dollars should be spent in 2020. With this simulation you will be able to see the impact of your decisions on developing and approving the annual budget.

    The Budget Simulator is based on $1,000 in property taxes and explains what portion is spent in each of the service areas.

    In the spending section, you’ll increase or decrease spending in 11 main service areas, with a goal of creating a balanced budget. As you increase or decrease spending, the toolbar at the top of the page will tell you if you have a surplus, a deficit or if your budget is balanced.

    Some service areas are not included because rates are fixed and cannot be adjusted or the areas are funded by senior levels of government. Examples of these service areas include Water and Wastewater Services and Children’s Services.

    We appreciate you taking the time to share your ideas for spending priorities. As with all feedback gathered during the public consultation process, we will share the information with Council prior to budget deliberations December 3, 4 and 5.

    Thank you for sharing your opinion!