Budget 2016: I want to hear from you

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Dear residents of Capital Ward,

It's time for Ottawa City Council to consider the City’s budget for the upcoming year, which means I want to hear from you about your ideas.

A staff report to be tabled at the Oct. 6 meeting of Finance and Economic Development Committee suggests a property tax increase of 1.75 per cent, a transit levy increase of 2.5 per cent, and a water rate increase of 6 per cent. But even with these increases, the City will face a $36 million shortfall for 2016.

The report suggests we find savings in areas such as snow removal, paramedic services, and postponing fleet replacement. City Council will discuss how to alleviate this budget pressure at each of the committee and commission meetings between Nov. 16 and Dec. 4. Details of these meetings and how you can participate will be posted online in the coming weeks.

As part of the new budget process, we are inviting residents to tell us what they would like to see in the draft budget before it is tabled at City Council. Considering the current budget direction, we need to hear from you about what service standards you believe can be changed, where funding could be reduced, and what tax increase you would be comfortable with in the future.

I believe it is important that everyone have an opportunity to take part in the budget process. I will be hosting a meeting with a group of fellow councillors to provide residents with a chance not only to hear about how the city operates, but also to share your thoughts on the Budget 2016 contents:

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Jim Durrell Recreation Centre (Ellwood Hall)
1265 Walkley Road

If you are unable to attend, I encourage you to share your 2016 budget ideas with me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 613-580-2487. You can learn more about the City’s budget process at ottawa.ca/citybudget, and find background information and resource materials at ottawa.ca.

Best regards,

David Chernushenko