Budget 2021 in focus
  • Mayor Gavin Buckley has proposed a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2022 with no structural deficit for the fourth year in a row. This is a great result in a year where economies and governments world-wide have been hit by the pandemic-driven economic downturn.
  • The City will use a portion of its Federal Covid Relief funding to meet operating costs. However, even without this funding, the City’s budget remains strong thanks to the reforms, savings and emergency allocations made over the past three years. Further efficiencies will be applied again this year, but the additional federal funding means deeper cuts can be avoided at a time when public expenditures are crucial to driving recovery. 
  • The budget reforms and sound management of the past three years have and will continue to deliver enormous benefits to our community including:
  • updated facilities such as the new pool at Truxton Park
  • a new Public Works building in a more appropriate location
  • less flooding at City Dock thanks to the installation of backflow preventers
  • three times as much funding for roads
  • major renewal projects such as replacement of Hillman Garage and the City Dock project 
  • funding for cancer prevention measures for our firefighters
  • an updated, more efficient City fleet, new fire trucks and ambulances
  • fully funded annual pension contributions and an increase to Other Post-Employment Benefits (OPEB) for the fourth consecutive year.