Budget 2021

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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.

2021 Budget Direction:

The City of Greater Sudbury is preparing the municipal budget for City Council’s review and approval early in 2021. The goal is to prepare a plan that delivers public services which meets the community’s highest priority needs, at a cost that includes no more than a 3.9% property tax increase over 2020.

The City of Greater Sudbury is in 58 lines of service, and each service is important to some segment of the community. Nonetheless, adjustments will be required to balance the budget and keep total costs within the 3.9% guideline Council established. Depending on your perspective, these adjustments have significant implications, as they require a reduction of at least $14.6 million from current budgeted levels. Just for comparison, this amount would be the equivalent cost of all the services and programs provided by Parks and Leisure.

There are several ways to make these types of reductions. Service levels could be reduced to lower the total cost. User fees could be increased to offset the reduced subsidy provided by taxpayers. Changes to how the service is delivered, for example, making it available online only, could be considered. Of course, some combination of these approaches will likely be required.

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

COVID-19 and the Municipal Budget:

The global COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected our plans and projects for the year. Staff regularly presents to Council and Committee outlining the financial implications associated with the City's COVID-19 response. These reports describe the effects of COVID-19 on our organization, the efforts we're taking to mitigate those effects and how we plan to achieve the outcomes described in Council’s 2019-2027 Strategic Plan.

Share Your Thoughts on the 2021 Municipal Budget

We want to hear from you. Tell us your priorities for public services provided by your municipal government. Consider how you want your city to look, feel and work not just today, but in the years ahead.

Those wishing to provide additional comments with the Mayor and Council as they prepare the budget are welcome to email budget@greatersudbury.ca.

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.

2021 Budget Direction:

The City of Greater Sudbury is preparing the municipal budget for City Council’s review and approval early in 2021. The goal is to prepare a plan that delivers public services which meets the community’s highest priority needs, at a cost that includes no more than a 3.9% property tax increase over 2020.

The City of Greater Sudbury is in 58 lines of service, and each service is important to some segment of the community. Nonetheless, adjustments will be required to balance the budget and keep total costs within the 3.9% guideline Council established. Depending on your perspective, these adjustments have significant implications, as they require a reduction of at least $14.6 million from current budgeted levels. Just for comparison, this amount would be the equivalent cost of all the services and programs provided by Parks and Leisure.

There are several ways to make these types of reductions. Service levels could be reduced to lower the total cost. User fees could be increased to offset the reduced subsidy provided by taxpayers. Changes to how the service is delivered, for example, making it available online only, could be considered. Of course, some combination of these approaches will likely be required.

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

COVID-19 and the Municipal Budget:

The global COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected our plans and projects for the year. Staff regularly presents to Council and Committee outlining the financial implications associated with the City's COVID-19 response. These reports describe the effects of COVID-19 on our organization, the efforts we're taking to mitigate those effects and how we plan to achieve the outcomes described in Council’s 2019-2027 Strategic Plan.

Share Your Thoughts on the 2021 Municipal Budget

We want to hear from you. Tell us your priorities for public services provided by your municipal government. Consider how you want your city to look, feel and work not just today, but in the years ahead.

Those wishing to provide additional comments with the Mayor and Council as they prepare the budget are welcome to email budget@greatersudbury.ca.

The formal public input process is now closed.

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  • 2021 Budget Schedule

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    2021 Budget Update September 15, 2020
    Additional Meetings to Discuss 2021 Service Levels TBD*
    Budget Direction November 3, 2020

    Public Engagement Opportunities

    • Online engagement via overtoyou.greatersudbury.ca/budget-2021
    November and December 2020

    Table Budget Document

    • 2021 Operating and Capital Budget Overview Presentation by the CAO and CFO
    • Presentation from Outside Boards including:
      • Greater Sudbury Police Service
      • Greater Sudbury Utilities
      • Conservation Sudbury
      • Public Health Sudbury & Districts
      • Greater Sudbury Airport
    January/February 2021

    Budget Meeting

    • Review and Approve Operating and Capital Budgets and Water/wastewater Rates

    March 2021 – 6 meetings
    City Council Approval of 2021 Operating and Capital Budget
    March 2021
    Approval of 2021 Property Tax Policy
    May 2021


    *Additional meeting dates and times will be posted on Agendas Online.