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Budget Allocator Tool

In line with Council’s strategic priority of Responsible Spending, this tool allows residents and businesses to engage with the 2016 Budget. The goals: improving understanding of how tax dollars are spent and demonstrating value for money.

The Budget Allocator Tool is an online engagement tool that let residents choose how to invest their tax dollars and leave comments about their choices. The tool launched in November 2015 and included major service areas in the tax based operating budget that impact the daily lives of residents and businesses.

For each service area, respondents had the option to “increase spending 5%”, “maintain existing spend”, or “decrease spending 5%.” Each option included details about the associated service impacts.

The tool closed for official comment on January 6, 2016 with a total of 271 submissions and 94 comments; results have been shared with Council as part of the 2016 Business Plan & Budget deliberations. General Committee will consider the 2016 Budget at a meeting on January 18th. Subject to Council's discussions, the budget will be approved at a meeting on January 25. 

Summary of Results

Service: Roads Operations Responses Percentage
Increase spending 5% 100 37.74%
Maintain existing spend 138 52.08%
Decrease spending 5% 27 10.19%
 
Service: Parks & Forestry Operations Responses Percentage
Increase spending 5% 38 14.45%
Maintain existing spend 138 52.08%
Decrease spending 5% 27 10.19%
 
Service: Transit Responses Percentage
Increase spending 5% 73 27.65%
Maintain existing spend 138 52.27%
Decrease spending 5% 53 20.08%
 
Service: Recreation Responses Percentage
Increase spending 5% 53 20.00 %
Maintain existing spend 147 55.47%
Decrease spending 5% 65 24.53%
 
Service: Curbside Collection, Waste Disposal & Diversion Responses Percentage
Increase spending 5% 48 18.32%
Maintain existing spend 157 59.92%
Decrease spending 5% 57 21.76%
 
Service: Culture Responses Percentage
Increase spending 5% 56 21.13%
Maintain existing spend 82 30.94%
Decrease spending 5% 127 47.92%
 
Service: Fire & Emergency Service Responses Percentage
Increase spending 5% 32 12.03%
Maintain existing spend 178 66.92%
Decrease spending 5% 56 21.05%
Comments are available for review in Results: Budget Allocator Tool

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