2020 Budget Engagement

Your city. Your money. How would you spend it?

It’s budget time at the City of Barrie. Share what’s important to you through the Budget Allocator Tool. You can choose to increase, decrease or maintain budget spending for nine major services and leave comments about your choices.

The Budget Allocator includes nine major service areas in the tax rate operating budget that impact the daily lives of residents and businesses. Many additional service areas and factors will be taken into consideration when developing the 2020 Budget.

You can provide your feedback using the Budget Allocator Tool until November 18, 2019. Results and comments will be shared with Council during the 2020 Business Plan & Budget deliberations, which will help provide insight into the public’s priorities. Subject to Council’s discussions, the budget is scheduled to be approved on December 9, 2019.


Key 2020 Budget Drivers

Growth

With Barrie’s population expected to grow to 210,000 people by 2031, the City is investing heavily in growth-related projects over the next number of years.

While these investments are bringing many benefits to our community through projects like the Harvie Road Crossing, McKay Road expansion and the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus, the City is facing significant pressures when it comes to balancing the costs of these growth-related projects with available resources.

The 2020 Budget will outline the City’s plan to fund our growing community. Much of the City’s cash flow today is committed so that we can unlock revenues tomorrow when the assessment growth occurs.

Provincial Funding Changes

The Provincial Government has introduced a number of funding and program changes that are adding pressure to the City of Barrie’s budget. These include funding cuts to public health and changes to the Development Charges Act.

There is only one tax payer. Ontario municipalities receive only 9 cents of every tax dollar raised in Ontario, while the Provincial and Federal governments receive 44 cents and 47 cents respectively. In contrast to this, municipalities own 57% of the capital infrastructure, while the Provincial Government owns 41% of Infrastructure and the Federal Government only 2%.

The 2020 Budget will outline the City’s plan to make up for the provincial funding shortfalls to ensure vital front-line services are delivered while minimizing the impact to local tax payers.


Learn more at barrie.ca/budget


Your city. Your money. How would you spend it?

It’s budget time at the City of Barrie. Share what’s important to you through the Budget Allocator Tool. You can choose to increase, decrease or maintain budget spending for nine major services and leave comments about your choices.

The Budget Allocator includes nine major service areas in the tax rate operating budget that impact the daily lives of residents and businesses. Many additional service areas and factors will be taken into consideration when developing the 2020 Budget.

You can provide your feedback using the Budget Allocator Tool until November 18, 2019. Results and comments will be shared with Council during the 2020 Business Plan & Budget deliberations, which will help provide insight into the public’s priorities. Subject to Council’s discussions, the budget is scheduled to be approved on December 9, 2019.


Key 2020 Budget Drivers

Growth

With Barrie’s population expected to grow to 210,000 people by 2031, the City is investing heavily in growth-related projects over the next number of years.

While these investments are bringing many benefits to our community through projects like the Harvie Road Crossing, McKay Road expansion and the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus, the City is facing significant pressures when it comes to balancing the costs of these growth-related projects with available resources.

The 2020 Budget will outline the City’s plan to fund our growing community. Much of the City’s cash flow today is committed so that we can unlock revenues tomorrow when the assessment growth occurs.

Provincial Funding Changes

The Provincial Government has introduced a number of funding and program changes that are adding pressure to the City of Barrie’s budget. These include funding cuts to public health and changes to the Development Charges Act.

There is only one tax payer. Ontario municipalities receive only 9 cents of every tax dollar raised in Ontario, while the Provincial and Federal governments receive 44 cents and 47 cents respectively. In contrast to this, municipalities own 57% of the capital infrastructure, while the Provincial Government owns 41% of Infrastructure and the Federal Government only 2%.

The 2020 Budget will outline the City’s plan to make up for the provincial funding shortfalls to ensure vital front-line services are delivered while minimizing the impact to local tax payers.


Learn more at barrie.ca/budget