Every time your street is plowed, your garbage or recycling bin is collected, or you visit a park or arena, you are witnessing your tax dollars at work. Municipal budget decisions set the funding for important infrastructure, programs, services, and facilities we depend on to maintain our quality of life.
Asset Management Plan:
An Asset Management Plan enables informed decisions regarding the building, operating, maintaining, renewing, replacing and disposing of infrastructure assets. It is structured to including the following important elements:
A municipal budget is a policy and planning document that outlines our municipality's priorities, and is a balancing act between often competing priorities - what can we afford and providing a high level of services to citizens.
Every year, municipal staff put forward a preliminary budget and then the Mayor and Council, with input from Lucan Biddulph residents and businesses, make choices about municipal services and programs. It is an ongoing process as each year budgets are drafted, revised, reported, presented, approved, adopted, and monitored. Your annual budget is made up of three parts:
- The operating budget provides the necessary resources to deliver programs, services and facilities services to meet the needs of our growing community, and accommodates for inflationary pressures. The operating budget is funded primarily through property taxes and user fees.
- The capital budget provides for the infrastructure requirements of the municipality as identified in our Asset Management Plan. The capital budget is funded through property taxes, reserves, development charges, debt and grants. The capital budget is used to either build or rehabilitate assets that will last for more than one year.
- Reserves and reserve funds receive annual contributions from the operating budget to assist with creating a solid financial position to support the municipality’s future cash requirements. Maintaining sufficient balances in reserves and reserve funds is a critical component of a municipality’s long-term financial plan as it strengthens its long-term financial sustainability, helps to minimize fluctuations in the tax rate and provides funding to sustain infrastructure.
The following video, made available courtesy of the City of London, offers an overview of the municipal budgeting process.