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2021 Budget City of Barrie Business Plan & Budget

2021 Budget

Each year, staff work to balance the cost of providing City services with existing resources. 2021 was more challenging than usual given the significant financial impacts the City is facing through the wake of COVID-19.

City Council has approved the lowest tax increase in 20 years. After many amendments to the City's proposed budget, Council approved a 0.92% tax increase for 2021 on January 25. Full details.

For the average Barrie home (includes town homes, apartments & detached homes) assessed at $367,550, this increase translates to an additional $40.71 annually. The assessed value is provided by MPAC and is different than the market value of homes.

Budget Highlights

The 2021 operating budget includes:

  • Funding for new permanent traffic calming measures to create safer roads.
  • In recognition that more people will be spending time outdoors, continued investments will be made in parks and the waterfront with more furniture.
  • Plans to modernize parking, moving away from paper parking passes by digitalizing various parking passes such as downtown monthly permits, resident waterfront permits, other potential residential area permits, or special event parking permits.
  • New investments in economic development to position the city for recovery following the pandemic.
  • New investments to address growing demand for customer service and by-law enforcement.

Some key projects in the 2021 capital budget include:

Budget Engagement

Throughout the 2021 Budget engagement period (Nov.12 – Dec. 18, 2020), taxpayers shared what's important to them through the Budget Allocator tool. Budget Allocator Results and comments submitted via the tool were shared with Council during the 2021 Business Plan & Budget deliberations.

Proposed 2021 ​Business Plan & Budget

Proposed 2021 Operating Budget
Table of Contents​​
​Executive Summary
(1–8)
2021 Budget & Financial Overview
​(9–51​)
Service Areas: Operating Budget, Tax Rate
​​(52–233)
​Service Areas: Operating Budget, User Rate
(234–242)
Service Partner Budget Support
(243–282)
New Investment & Service Recommendations ​ (283–332)
Deferred Service Recommendations & Future Investment Pressures​
​(333–​353)
​Proposed Fee Changes
(354​–395)
​Glossary
(396–403)​
Proposed 2021 Capital Budget
​​Table of Contents

Capital Plan Overview
(1–17)
Capital Plan 2021–2030
(18–38)
Capital Plan Project Details
(39–242)​

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