Budget 2021

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Jump In to the conversation about the 2021 budget. View the proposed budget, past presentations and post your questions.

Jump In to the conversation about the 2021 budget. View the proposed budget, past presentations and post your questions.

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Do you have a question about the 2021 Budget? Now is your chance to Jump In to the conversation. Post your question below.

At the February 2 Special Council Meeting, many Boards and Agencies presented their 2021 budget requests to Council. In addition, the municipality’s departments presented an overview of their roles, responsibilities, goals and accomplishments. Be sure to view the presentations or watch the recent Council Meeting under the video section.

Also check out the Important Links and Resources section on this page to view the 2021 Proposed Operating Budget, 2021 Capital Budget, past presentations, Council reports and more. The 2021 Capital Budget has already been adopted by Council.



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    How much has been allocated for the various types of road reconstruction and maintenance and what is the cost for each per km? What is the cost for shoulder maintenance and reconstruction and the cost per km?

    Interested constituent asked 4 months ago
    Hello, thanks for your question. The cost per km varies depending on the project. For example, cost per km is not just the scope of work being done, but also factors in the size of the road (both width and length), the infrastructure being replaced (if any), and the types of material required for the different types of road surface. Under the 2021 Proposed Capital Budget, you will find the following amounts allocated for road work:

    Urban/Rural Reconstruction – 6,760,000 million
    Urban/Arterial Resurfacing – 2,066,000 million
    Rural Resurfacing – 3,289,000 million
    Gravel resurfacing – 1,661,000 million
    Lifecycle management – 1,001,000 million
    Sidewalks – 80,000K

    On the following pages, you will find the names of roads that will be worked on under the different types of construction work, including the area of the road that requires work. Each line item will also indicate the total cost of the work for each road named. This information can be found by referring to pages four through 30 in the 
    2021 Proposed Capital Budget book.
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    As follow-up to the question on area rated services, is there a mapping of budget book items to area rates? If I wished to know how each item in the budget book fit into the general or area rate categories, how would I do that?

    Iuaassoc asked 4 months ago

    Hello, the final adopted Budget Book will be available in the near future. We will be archiving this project as the budget is now completed. Please note, the final Budget Book will be available on www.kawarthalakes.ca/budget as soon as it is available. Thank you and have a great day.

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    Nice job keeping the budget increase as low as you did during these extremely unusual times! Can you tell me how I would explore what budget items go into the general rate area bucket and what into special rate buckets (ie is there a document)? Thanks again - great work.

    Iuaassoc asked 4 months ago

    Hi, thanks for your feedback.The majority of the budget is general rated. The area rated services are Kawartha Lakes Police, OPP, Fire Area A, Fire Area C, Streetlights, Transit and Parks. Fire Area A and C delineate between the areas that receive service from full time Firefighters versus volunteer Firefighters.

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    Will staff provide a zero percent tax increase for the 2021 operating budget to council and allow council decide the affects on services?

    Grant asked 5 months ago

    Hi Grant, thanks for your question. Staff will provide Council with options to reduce the tax levy. Council will determine how and if they wish to reduce the tax levy.

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    Q: 39% of the tax increase is attributable to an increase in contracting expense. Why is that and is it necessary? (ie Is it providing more/better service or have contractors costs risen?) The total spent on contracting is almost $41 million, how much could be saved if 50% of all contracts were converted to full-time employees? Can contracts be renegotiated or service levels be reduced to find savings? A: Hi, thanks for your questions.The contracted services budget has increased by approximately $2.7M. There are three key drivers to the municipality's contracted service requirements. Victoria Manor, the municipality's long term care facility is managed by a third party that specializes in that service. Curbside waste and recycling collection is an outsourced service. Roads Operations is primarily completed in-house however, there are select routes that are outsourced. Followup: Overall in contracted services the increase in cost is around 7% (6% without Victoria Manor). Is this increase due to higher cost of services by contractors, a greater use of contractor services or some other reason? Why has the city decided to contract that level of service rather than use permanent employees which are generally cheaper? Has conversion of contracted services to permanent employees been considered?

    Iuaassoc asked 5 months ago

    Hi, thanks for the question. The increase in funding to our long term care facility represents approximately half of the 7% increase. The remaining increase is a combination of contractual and use of the contracted service. The Roads Operations contracted service budget is greatly impacted by the severity and number of winters, as an example. The curbside collection budget increases as the City grows and more garbage/recycling is collected.

     

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    Q: 41% of the tax increase is attributable to wage and benefit increases. This is made up of a 2.6% increase in wages and an 8% increase in benefits. Can wages be frozen to reduce that, at least for non-union employees if contractually impossible for union staff (there is precedent in public service)? Why are benefits increasing so much? Can that be limited or deferred? A: Hi, thanks for your question. Property Tax revenue is about 60% of the municipality's total revenue, and therefore not all employee related costs are supported by property taxes. The majority of municipal Staff are unionized and therefore the increase in salaries is contractual. Similarly, the increased benefit costs are statutory and/or contractual and also cannot be reduced. Followup question: How is the 8% increase in benefits related to specific statutory or contractual obligations (ie what percentage increased by employee contracts, etc...)? The increase percentage seems inconsistent across departments. What percentage of the wage increase is due to contractual wage increases and how much to new hires?

    Iuaassoc asked 5 months ago

    Hi, thanks for your question. The wage and benefit increases will not be consistent across departments. The municipality has numerous collective agreements (CA) with Staff. These CA’s each have their own terms that the City must adhere to.There are no new positions being proposed in the budget that have an impact on the tax levy.

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    Information Technology costs are approximately $6mill or ~3% of total city budget (including $482k in IT Special Projects). How does the decision to use mDocs for Paramedic records and not the Enterprise Digital Records Management (EDRMS) system fit with the IT Strategy (perhaps time to refresh the strategy as it expired 2017)? Does the Archives Expansion of Records Storage and Archive program utilize EDRMS and if not why?

    Iuaassoc asked 5 months ago

    Hi, thanks for your question. The IT Strategy will be refreshed in 2021. mDocs is a system specific to Paramedics to manage the patient care records and provides functionality that is beyond the capabilities of the City’s EDRMS system. 

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    Can you provide me a list of your 200 + services?

    Grant asked 5 months ago

    Hi Grant, thanks for your question. You can find the list of our 200+ services on our municipal website here: https://www.kawarthalakes.ca/en/municipal-services/200-services.aspx

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    There is a $138k charge for IT software license increase. That seems pretty steep. Why was this not built into the ongoing cost associated with the software at acquisition? Is there a cheaper alternative?

    Iuaassoc asked 5 months ago

    HI, thanks for your question. Annual fees for software licensing, maintenance and support increase due to a number of reasons including additional users, licenses or modules; full year support following partial year support; and, changes by the vendor to their rates or licensing model. Ongoing costs are built into the operating budget when software is acquired, but can increase in future years. Multi-year licensing, support and maintenance contracts are used where available but increases can happen when new contracts are arranged. 

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    39% of the tax increase is attributable to an increase in contracting expense. Why is that and is it necessary? (ie Is it providing more/better service or have contractors costs risen?) The total spent on contracting is almost $41 million, how much could be saved if 50% of all contracts were converted to full-time employees? Can contracts be renegotiated or service levels be reduced to find savings?

    Iuaassoc asked 5 months ago

    Hi, thanks for your questions.The contracted services budget has increased by approximately $2.7M. There are three key drivers to the municipality's contracted service requirements.

    Victoria Manor, the municipality's long term care facility is managed by a third party that specializes in that service.
    Curbside waste and recycling collection is an outsourced service.
    Roads Operations is primarily completed in-house however, there are select routes that are outsourced.