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The Council of the Corporation of the Town of Aylmer is invited local residents to complete the 2023 Municipal Budget Consultation Survey. Thank you to the residents of Aylmer for your 2023 Budget Public Survey submission. lts and analysis are available here:

2023 Budget Survey Results Analysis
2023 Budget Survey Full Results

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 7, 2022 – Deadline for Survey Submission
  • September 21, 2022- Report results of Citizen Engagement, Public Hearing for Rate Budget and Development Charges

The Council of the Corporation of the Town of Aylmer is inviting local residents to complete the 2023 Municipal Budget Consultation Survey. Annual budget surveys serve as an important initial step to encouraging public input in the budgeting process. The survey opens August 4, 2022 and closes September 7, 2022.

Complete the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2023-Budget-Survey

In 2021, 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 are available here.

2022 Final Budget Approval Press Release

Aylmer, ON – January 20, 2022

Aylmer Town Council has reduced the proposed net levy by a further 0.52% prior to final adoption.

“We know inflation and the pandemic are impacting our residents,” said Mayor Mary French. “Council wanted to do everything we could to help.”

The final net levy increase for 2022 was established at 2.7%. This amounts to an increase of upon the average household of $49.27 annually or $4.11 per month.

“This was a really challenging budget year as we saw the outcome of two multiyear tax assessment appeals in 2021 that resulted in negative assessment growth for the community,” said CAO Andy Grozelle.

Council achieved the 2.7% through a reduction in transfers to reserves and through applying a portion of their Council Initiatives Reserve.

“These were additionally one-time measures that Council believed were necessary given the unprecedented times our residents are facing,” said Mayor French.

Despite the transfers the Town continues to maintain a strong financial position with healthy reserves, low debt and significant increases in permits and new construction.

January 19, 2022 Budget Decision

At their Regular (Virtual) Meeting of Council on January 19, 2022, the Council of the Town of Aylmer passed the below resolution:

Resolution No.23-22*

That Council remove the transfer to Parks Reserves of $20,000 from the proposed 2022 Budget; And

That Council offset the 2022 budget through a transfer of $11,000 from the Council Initiatives Reserve; And

That Council approve the 2022 Operation Budget with a net levy impact of 2.7% in the amount of $6,149,820; And

That Report CAO 05-22 respecting the 2022 Levy Budget be received as information.

*Resolution No.23-22 will require confirmation by approval of the minutes and adoption of a levy by-law on February 3, 2022.

Final Operational Budget 2022

By-Law 13-22 Final Tax Levy

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.

January 19, 2022

 

December 15, 2021

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September 20, 2021

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Local residents were invited to complete the 2022 Municipal Budget Consultation Survey, results are available here.

A submission form is available below to add 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. Notice of these public meetings is posted in the notice section on the aylmer.ca homepage, current notices are placed at the top of aylmer.ca/Budget2022, and previous notices are indexed below. 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.

Submit Budget Feedback and Comments

2022 Budget Consultation

For submissions of written input for the 2022 budget process.
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