Budget 2020

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It’s budget time at the Township of Ramara. Each year the Township undergoes an annual budget process to create a budget that supports Township operations and capital to deliver the program and services required to maintain the quality of life we enjoy in our community.

How do we Balance the Budget?

The Township is required by provincial law to balance its operating and capital budgets each year. Simply put, the money raised must balance the money spent. To balance the budget, the Township can do the following:

  • Increase its revenue stream through raised property taxes and fees; or
  • Manage expenses through adapting or reducing the cost of programs and services

Operating budget

Money is raised in two streams:

  • Tax rate: funded primarily through property taxes
  • User fees: user fees that are intended to make the programs and services self-sustaining. These include parking, water and wastewater and recreation.

Money is spent on the day-to-day expenses for program and service delivery including township road & sidewalk maintenance, recreation, library, parks, trails and fire services.

Capital Budget

Money is raised through a combination of property taxes, development charges, debt issuance, grants and reserves.

The Township's Capital Budget must plan for the following year while preparing for long term investments. All Township of Ramara infrastructure projects are funded through the Capital Budget. A large part of that funding is directed toward maintaining and rehabilitating existing infrastructure. The township's Capital Budget also prepares spending for new projects that will enrich lives and make your city a better place to live and do business. The Capital Budget pays for new facilities, playgrounds, and infrastructure to support a growing township. Money is spent on projects designed to create, enhance or restore the service potential of the Township's significant network of assets, which include infrastructure (roads, bridges, buildings etc.), land, equipment and vehicles.

How can Residents have Input?

Do you have a question about the 2020 Budget?

Do you have any ideas that can help in the building of the budget?

It's time to reach out and join the conversation Ramara and contribute your ideas or questions on the 2020 municipal budget!

It’s budget time at the Township of Ramara. Each year the Township undergoes an annual budget process to create a budget that supports Township operations and capital to deliver the program and services required to maintain the quality of life we enjoy in our community.

How do we Balance the Budget?

The Township is required by provincial law to balance its operating and capital budgets each year. Simply put, the money raised must balance the money spent. To balance the budget, the Township can do the following:

  • Increase its revenue stream through raised property taxes and fees; or
  • Manage expenses through adapting or reducing the cost of programs and services

Operating budget

Money is raised in two streams:

  • Tax rate: funded primarily through property taxes
  • User fees: user fees that are intended to make the programs and services self-sustaining. These include parking, water and wastewater and recreation.

Money is spent on the day-to-day expenses for program and service delivery including township road & sidewalk maintenance, recreation, library, parks, trails and fire services.

Capital Budget

Money is raised through a combination of property taxes, development charges, debt issuance, grants and reserves.

The Township's Capital Budget must plan for the following year while preparing for long term investments. All Township of Ramara infrastructure projects are funded through the Capital Budget. A large part of that funding is directed toward maintaining and rehabilitating existing infrastructure. The township's Capital Budget also prepares spending for new projects that will enrich lives and make your city a better place to live and do business. The Capital Budget pays for new facilities, playgrounds, and infrastructure to support a growing township. Money is spent on projects designed to create, enhance or restore the service potential of the Township's significant network of assets, which include infrastructure (roads, bridges, buildings etc.), land, equipment and vehicles.

How can Residents have Input?

Do you have a question about the 2020 Budget?

Do you have any ideas that can help in the building of the budget?

It's time to reach out and join the conversation Ramara and contribute your ideas or questions on the 2020 municipal budget!

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Have a question for the Township regarding the Township's 2020 Draft Budget? Let us know, and we will have a Township staff member respond to your question. Please note that a staff member will answer your question within 2-3 days. 

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    The decision on the part of Ramara Township council on Monday, March 11th, 2019 not to reinstate the $8,000 per year funding to the collaborative Physician Recruitment and Retention program was disturbingly short sighted. This decision on the part of Ramara Township council did not represent a well thought out approach to local health care. Each of the Ramara Township council members must recognize that they are responsible for the overall health and wellbeing of Ramara Township residents, which includes working to achieve equal access to local health care. The $8,000 per year contribution from Ramara Township in this joint community venture is equivalent to approximately a cup of coffee per Ramara Township tax payer. Apparently close to 1800 people have found doctors in the Orillia area over the years, which is due to a large extent to the Physician Recruitment and Retention program. We have all heard the phrase “pull your own weight”, which is from our farming history where beasts of burden (horses, oxen) were yoked together and the entire team was responsible for doing its share. Obviously, it was possible to hang back and let others do the greater share of the work. Health care is a must for all communities and Ramara Township needs to pull our own weight where the burden of Physician Recruitment and Retention is concerned, just as the other communities in the area including Oro-Medonte, Severn, Orillia and Rama have committed to doing. As the Community Physician Recruitment Liaison, Pat Thor mentioned, “Any time we recruit a new doctor to our area the residents of Ramara benefit from that”. Opting out of support for programs like doctor recruitment and other community-based programs simply diminishes the health care opportunities for all citizens who would jointly benefit, and undermines the viability of our communities. Not participating in collaborative health care initiatives clearly compromises the pursuit of well-planned development in Ramara Township. Doing nothing to address the shortage of rural physicians is pretty much guaranteed to produce nothing. The Northern and Rural Recruitment and Retention (NRRR) Initiative offers taxable financial incentives to each eligible physician who establishes a full-time practice in an eligible community of the province. Please see the following link to the Health Force Ontario Northern and Rural Recruitment and Retention Initiative Guidelines. http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/northernhealth/nrrr.aspx The prospects of a physician or group of physicians locating in Ramara Township may be slim, even with an available clinic and incentives, however there must at least be participation on the part of Ramara Township in the multi-community efforts of the Physician Recruitment and Retention program that has proven to be successful over the years. Will Ramara Township recognize their responsibility to support the overall health and wellbeing of Ramara Township residents by reinstating the $8,000 per year funding to the collaborative Physician Recruitment and Retention program, and restore Ramara Township's fair participation in striving to gain equal access to local health care?

    Brechin Brae asked 11 months ago

    Hello,

    Thank you for your question!

    At this time,Council has decided not contribute to the Doctor Recruitment program for the 2020 budget. This was discussed and voted on during the Committee of the Whole 2020 budget meeting held on November 18th, 2019. This decision was then ratified at the Council meeting held on November 25th, 2019. 

    If you would like your comments forwarded to the final budget meeting being held on December the 9th, 2019 please forward your comments to jconnor@ramara.ca along with your name and address.


    Sincerely,

    Zach Drinkwalter