2011 Tax Supported Operating Budget

On February 3, 2011, Staff presented to the General Issues Committee a DRAFT 2011 Tax Supported Operating Budget requiring an average increase of 2.4% or $80 per household.  The City of Hamilton provides hundreds of services to its taxpayers and the public.  The DRAFT 2011 Tax Supported Operating Budget estimates required gross expenditures of about $1.3 billion to deliver these services.  User fees, grants, subsidies and other revenues reduce the amount of tax levy required to support these services to about $710 million.

While the DRAFT 2.4% average tax increase incorporated approximately $6 million in savings, staff were directed to continue to pursue further savings through the following motion approved at the February 3, 2011 General Issues Committee: "That City Council set a goal of 0% increase on the levy, with no service cuts, while utilizing attrition department reorganizations and the elimination of annual gapping".

The Draft 2011 Tax Supported Operating Budget included the following significant budget items:

  • Employee Related (City Departments)
  • Salary/Wage  $ 6.4M
    • OMERS $ 4.0M
    • Employer/Government Benefits $ 2.6M
  • Police Services $ 6.2M
  • Capital (Infrastructure in an effort to) Investments $ 3.3M
  • Contractual Obligations  $ 2.7M
  • Provincial Impacts $ 1.7M
  • Hydro  $ 1.6M
  • Library & Other Boards & Agencies  $ 0.7M
  • Operating Impacts of Capital $ 0.6M

To achieve a 0% tax increase, further reductions totalling approximately $18.7 million would be required.  Staff will be working with Council through the balance of the 2011 Tax Support Operating Budget process in an effort to achieve the above directed goal.

This DRAFT budget also assumes $4 million in special funding from the Province of Ontario which ensures the City remains cost neutral as the Province uploads various social service costs and reduces associated Ontario Municipal Partnership Funding.  Details of the DRAFT budget and the budget process can be found in the DRAFT 2011 Tax Supported Operating Budget (PDF, 475 KB).

The 2011 Tax Supported Budget process which was initiated in June 2010 and is well underway.  Updates to the budget process and the 2011 budget schedule are available.

Committee of the Whole has started the 2011 budget process by setting up initial schedule and guidelines. All related information will be published as soon as it becomes available.

2011 Budget Process, Schedule, Pressures (PDF, 95 KB)

The 2011 User Fees as presented to the General Issues Committee on December 14, 2010 and subsequently approved by Council.

2011 User Fees  (PDF, 47 KB)

The 2011 Draft Levy Budget as presented to the General Issues Committee on December 14, 2010.

2011 Draft Budget (PDF, 176 KB)

The 2011 Budget Summary Report as presented to the General Issues Committee on February 3, 2011 .

2011 Budget Summary Report (PDF, 476 KB)

Departments submitted their Budgets and have made Budget Presentations to various Standing Committees during the months of February and March.

Departmental Budgets

Updates to the 2011 Draft Levy Budget as presented to the General Issues Committee.

March 3, 2011 (PDF, 30 KB)
March 28, 2011 (PDF, 44 KB)
April 7, 2011 (PDF, 51 KB)
April 8, 2011 (PDF, 111 KB)

Final Presentation of 2011 Tax Budget - April 20, 2011 (PDF, 34 KB)