Budget 2021

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Please note that the 2021 Budget was passed at the December 14th, 2020 Council meeting.

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, 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 2021 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 2021 municipal budget!

Please note that the 2021 Budget was passed at the December 14th, 2020 Council meeting.

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, 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 2021 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 2021 municipal budget!

Have a question for the Township regarding the Township's 2021 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.

Budget 2021 Questions

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    Regarding Salaries and Wages: How many full time, part time, and seasonal employees are in each of Ramara's departments? Please include LCPW as a separate item.

    Cliff Schmitt asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for the questions. Our salary amounts and number of employees can be found on our annual Financial Information Return that is submitted to the Ontario government. Financial information returns can be found at https://efis.fma.csc.gov.on.ca/fir/Welcome.htm . Staffing by department is as follows:

     

     

    FT

    PT

    Administration

    19

    0

    Fire

    2.5

    0

    Public Works

    25.5

    8

    Parks and Recreation

    2

    10

    Library

    4

    3

    Planning

    2

    0

    Other

    3

    0

    Total

    58

    21

     

    Please not the number above do not include local boards, council, volunteer fire fighters, and other volunteers. The numbers can also fluctuate depending on the time of year. LCPW does not employee any persons. Instead they utilize staff from public works and administration departments.