St. Catharines Budget 2021

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The City of St. Catharines has initiated the budget process for 2021.

The Budget Standing Committee is meeting regularly on behalf of City Council to address high level strategic budget and policy decisions and provide financial guidance to assist and improve upon the City's budget process, as well as short, medium and long-term financial planning.

The goal each year is to provide residents good value for their tax dollars.

EngageSTC is a space to learn more about the budget process, the 2021 budget as it evolves, and to also share your feedback. Any input will be shared with Council and City staff as part of the process. Please watch for updates, including information about the annual telephone town hall, draft budget documents, public meetings and more.

2020 Budget Documents

Looking for information about the 2020 budget? View the 2020 operating budget, 2020 capital budget and the 2020 water and wastewater budget.

The City of St. Catharines has initiated the budget process for 2021.

The Budget Standing Committee is meeting regularly on behalf of City Council to address high level strategic budget and policy decisions and provide financial guidance to assist and improve upon the City's budget process, as well as short, medium and long-term financial planning.

The goal each year is to provide residents good value for their tax dollars.

EngageSTC is a space to learn more about the budget process, the 2021 budget as it evolves, and to also share your feedback. Any input will be shared with Council and City staff as part of the process. Please watch for updates, including information about the annual telephone town hall, draft budget documents, public meetings and more.

2020 Budget Documents

Looking for information about the 2020 budget? View the 2020 operating budget, 2020 capital budget and the 2020 water and wastewater budget.

  • St. Catharines Council passes 2020 operating budget

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    5 months ago

    Dec. 16, 2019 – City Council has approved the City of St. Catharines’ 2020 operating budget, driving critical investments to address challenges such as climate change and the ongoing impact of the opioid epidemic.

    The operating budget was passed on Monday night, following a public meeting. The budget provides about $119.2 million to fund City programs and services, such as fire services, park maintenance, public transit, community centres and more. The City budget also includes a 1.5 per cent infrastructure levy to maintain and repair City roads, buildings, trees, parks and other infrastructure.

    “The 2020 budget delivers on the services...

    Dec. 16, 2019 – City Council has approved the City of St. Catharines’ 2020 operating budget, driving critical investments to address challenges such as climate change and the ongoing impact of the opioid epidemic.

    The operating budget was passed on Monday night, following a public meeting. The budget provides about $119.2 million to fund City programs and services, such as fire services, park maintenance, public transit, community centres and more. The City budget also includes a 1.5 per cent infrastructure levy to maintain and repair City roads, buildings, trees, parks and other infrastructure.

    “The 2020 budget delivers on the services that are most valuable to the community, while investing in strategies to address the challenges we are dealing with such as climate change, aging infrastructure and social issues,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik. “Thank you to Councillor Siscoe, the Budget Committee and staff for the work preparing the budget and to the community for your feedback.”

    The budget builds on recent investments in services that benefit the community, such as additional resources to deal with social issues including the opioid epidemic, funding to assist with climate change mitigation efforts, enhancements to transit services, the secondary plan for the former GM property on Ontario Street, and more. As part of Monday night’s debate Council voted in favour of continued funding for the Garden City Golf Course, allowing the facility to operate under the City for the 2020 season.

    As a result of the approved budget, the City portion of property tax bills will go up by 3.92 per cent for the City's portion of the property tax bill. That means the average property owner with a home valued at $254,000 will pay about $61 more than last year in City property taxes.

    “I think the collaborative nature of the debate on Monday night has given us a budget that the community can be happy with,” said Coun. Mat Siscoe, chair of the City’s Budget Standing Committee. “There are always competing priorities in our City; we need to make sure we’re listening to everyone when we have these debates. I think the community did a good job of having their voice heard, and I’m comfortable with the direction going forward.”

    The City’s Budget Standing Committee meets year-round to support long-term budgeting. The committee met seven times this year and reached out to residents and stakeholders for feedback through community consultations, two open houses, the annual telephone town hall and through the City’s online engagement platform, www.EngageSTC.ca.

    Visit www.stcatharines.ca/2020budget for more information about the 2020 operating budget.


  • St. Catharines Council approves 2020 capital budget

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    9 months ago

    More than $47 million will be invested in the City’s infrastructure following City Council’s approval of the 2020 Capital Budget.

    St. Catharines City Council passed the $47.8 million capital budget, along with the four-year forecast and asset management status update, at its Oct. 7 meeting. The capital budget funds improvements and upgrades to important infrastructure assets in neighbourhoods across the City, such as roads, bridges, storm sewers, sidewalks and buildings, as well as parks and recreation items such as playgrounds and trees.

    This year marks the first time Council has approved the capital budget prior to the operating budget, one...

    More than $47 million will be invested in the City’s infrastructure following City Council’s approval of the 2020 Capital Budget.

    St. Catharines City Council passed the $47.8 million capital budget, along with the four-year forecast and asset management status update, at its Oct. 7 meeting. The capital budget funds improvements and upgrades to important infrastructure assets in neighbourhoods across the City, such as roads, bridges, storm sewers, sidewalks and buildings, as well as parks and recreation items such as playgrounds and trees.

    This year marks the first time Council has approved the capital budget prior to the operating budget, one of many planned process improvements to the City’s financial management systems. This year’s capital budget also moves expenditures from other budgets to the capital budget. These changes provide more transparency on capital spending and focus capital budgeting on infrastructure needs, rather than prioritizing projects within a specific funding envelope.

    “The 2020 capital budget balances affordability with strategic investments for the future. We are renewing infrastructure, mitigating the impacts of climate change, and building community spaces to support our growing city,” said Mayor Walter Sendzik. “This budget is part of our financial modernization at the City of St. Catharines, aligning operating costs and capital investments for better planning and transparency.”

    The 2020 capital budget includes funding for projects such as the Canada Summer Games Legacy Project, replacement of the playground at Happy Rolph’s, facility improvements at Bill Burgoyne Arena and the implementation of the first phase of the Sunset Beach visioning. Additionally, linear asset projects for roads, storm sewers, sidewalks, bridges and culverts throughout the City have been approved with the passing of this budget, including the reconstruction of Ridley Road and the construction of an access road for the future GO Train station.

    “This year’s capital budget builds off of the planning over the last several years to address our community’s infrastructure deficit, and it leverages the major community events coming to St. Catharines and Niagara like the Canada Summer Games to help move the community forward,” said Coun. Mat Siscoe, chair of the City’s Budget Standing Committee. “It is encouraging to see the wide support from Council on making our community better for everyone.”

    The capital budget is funded first by available grants, reserves, development contributions, and tax and rate payer contributions, which provided 64% of funding. The 36% remainder is funded by debt.

    The entire 2020 capital budget can be viewed online at www.stcatharines.ca/CapitalBudget.


  • Residents encouraged to have their say on the City’s 2020 budget

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    9 months ago

    The Budget Standing Committee and City staff are calling out to residents to gather opinions and ideas about the 2020 operating budget.

    The Mayor and the chair of the City’s Budget Standing Committee, Councillor Mat Siscoe and City staff will answer questions about the 2020 draft operating budget during the annual Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Now in its sixth year, the Telephone Town Hall operates similar to a radio call-in show, except instead of individuals calling in, the City will call 30,000 households and ask residents to participate. Residents will be...

    The Budget Standing Committee and City staff are calling out to residents to gather opinions and ideas about the 2020 operating budget.

    The Mayor and the chair of the City’s Budget Standing Committee, Councillor Mat Siscoe and City staff will answer questions about the 2020 draft operating budget during the annual Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Now in its sixth year, the Telephone Town Hall operates similar to a radio call-in show, except instead of individuals calling in, the City will call 30,000 households and ask residents to participate. Residents will be randomly called. Anyone who wants to register in advance to participate in the call, or to request not to be called, can do so at www.stcatharines.ca/BudgetTalk or by calling Citizens First at 905.688.5600. Registration closes Monday, Oct. 21 at noon.

    Residents will also be able to meet with the Budget Standing Committee and City staff to offer feedback for the 2020 draft operating budget in person at budget open houses on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 7 p.m., at The St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, 425 Carlton St., and Thursday, Oct. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m., at Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, 240 St Paul St. W.

    The City has also launched a new budget engagement tool on its online engagement platform, www.EngageSTC.ca. The EngageSTC budget tool is an opportunity to learn more about the budget, see how familiar residents are with the budget process, a forum for residents to share ideas, as well as a chance for residents to ask questions. The page will be used as an ongoing opportunity for residents to learn more about the budget process and share their feedback as the budget evolves.

    Visit www.stcatharines.ca/BudgetTalk for more about the Telephone Town Hall, Budget Talk Open Houses and other budget information.

    Council set to consider 2020 capital budget

    City Council tabled the draft 2020 capital budget at its Sept. 23 meeting. The draft capital budget, four-year forecast and asset management status report will now be considered by Council at its Monday, Oct. 7 meeting.

    The meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at St. Catharines City Hall, will include a public meeting, to allow residents to share their feedback about the draft capital budget.

    Residents can find the draft capital budget document online at www.stcatharines.ca/CityBudget.

    The City’s Budget Standing Committee meetings take place at City Hall and are open to the public. Residents can attend in person or stream the meetings online. Visit www.stcatharines.ca/BudgetCommittee for more information.