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Meeting Topic: Citizen Engagement Survey Results/ Public Hearing on Rate Budget and Development Charges

Date and Time: Monday, September 20, 2021 7:00 pm

At this virtual Public Meeting– Council will hear public representations in respect to amendments to the Town of Aylmer’s Rate Budget and Development Charges for 2022. Results of Citizen Engagement survey will be presented at the meeting.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this Public Meeting will be held virtually via the GoToMeeting platform. Members of the public wishing to speak at the meeting either via GoToMeeting or via telephone will be required to register by 9:00 a.m. on September 16, 2021.

To speak at the meeting or provide written comments, email [email protected] or call 519-773-3164 ext 4913 at any time prior to the meeting day. Written comments can be dropped off at Town Hall 46 Talbot Street West, N5H 1J7.

For more information, see the page below.

Notice Dated: September 10, 2021

Notice provided pursuant to Town of Aylmer By-Law 29-19

Section 290(1) of the Municipal Act requires local municipalities in each year to prepare and adopt a budget. The Municipality currently prepares two budgets:

  1. Capital Budget,
  2. Operating Budget

The purpose of preparing budgets is to allow Council to develop policy in financial terms and to assist in setting priorities and establishing service levels for the upcoming year before expenditures take place.

  • September 3, 2021 – Deadline for Survey Submission
  • September 20, 2021- Report results of Citizen Engagement, Public Hearing for Rate Budget and Development Charges
  • November 15, 2021 – Capital Budget Meeting, 2022 User Fees presented
  • December, 2021 – Final submissions of approved budgets from agencies and boards to Council
  • January 24, 2022 – Council Operational Budget Deliberations
  • February 21, 2021 – Council approval 2022 Budget

The Council of the Corporation of the Town of Aylmer invited local residents to complete the 2022 Municipal Budget Consultation Survey. The survey was open from July 2021 to September 3, 2021. Results will be shared in the September 20, 2021 Council meeting agenda.

2021 Budget Information

Additional Information

The 2020 to 2014 Budgets, Municipal Finance Statements, and the Town’s asset management plan are available on the Finance Department page.

Each year Council must consider impacts on the base budget. These budget drivers may include, but are not limited to:

  • Annualization of previous years initiatives;
  • General inflation;
  • Foreign exchange fluctuations;
  • Utility cost increases;
  • Impact of fluctuating fuel costs and costs of petroleum based products;
  • increased transfers to Reserves and Reserve Funds to fund capital programs based on 10 year capital budget from 2021;
  • Provincial funding level changes, including the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund(OMPF) Grant

What exactly is a budget?

A planned itemized summary of money coming into the Municipality and how that money will be spent over a specified period of time. Watch this short video to learn more.

Did you know?

Provincial Government (Ontario) legislates that money coming into a municipality must equal money going out.  This is also known as a balanced budget.

What is the difference between Capital & Operating Budgets?

Operating Budget:

  • Pays for all the day to day activities of the Corporation;
  • Examples:
    • Regular maintenance activities prescribed by the manufacturer that would normally be required to ensure that the asset is able to provide service at a level and quality as originally intended (i.e. lubrication of motor and compressors, replacement of filters) or as required by the product warranty.
    • Routine maintenance and expenditures, such as repainting, cleaning and replacing minor parts.
    • Utilities, insurance and administrative expenses

Capital budget:

  • Pays for all new big investments or rehabilitation of assets currently under the Municipality’s control
  • Generally meets the following criteria:
    • the replacement or overhaul of an asset or major component that will extend the useful life of the asset;
    • the expenditure results in an increase in the service quality of the asset
    • the expenditure results in an increase in the capacity of the asset; and
    • the efficiency of the asset is increased or associated operating costs are lowered – such as replacing existing lighting with energy saving lighting or replacing a furnace with a high efficiency furnace thereby decreasing future operating costs

What are Reserves & Reserve Funds?

  • A Reserve Fund is an amount set aside for a specific purpose by authority of a by-law (or as required by legislation) that is carried from year to year unless utilized or formally closed.
  • Reserves are also amounts carried from year to year, but reserves are set up by resolution of Council and are utilized mainly as a plan against budget contingencies, large item procurement or unforeseen events.

Currently, local residents are invited to complete the 2022 Municipal Budget Consultation Survey, available here: . 

Following the close of the survey, a submission form will be posted here for additional feedback to Council.

Member of the public will have the opportunity to participate in both public hearings and direct deputation to Council regarding the 2021 budget. More information will be added here in the month before the meetings. Contact Owen Jaggard, Deputy Clerk/ Communications Coordinator with any immediate questions about participating.

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