OTTAWA – It’s Draft Budget Day at Ottawa City Hall.
City councils meet today while city staff present the final city budget before the next local elections on October 24, 2022.
The council instructed employees to draft the 2022 budget with a three percent increase in property taxes as well as an increase in transit tariffs, garbage charges, usage charges, and water and sewage charges.
A three percent tax hike would cost the average urban homeowner an additional $ 119 in 2022, while the tax burden on rural homeowners would increase by an average of $ 91.
Draft Budget Day begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Ottawa Police Services Board. The police budget has been a controversial issue in the city this year as demands have been made to freeze or cut spending. The board had instructed the workforce to draft the operating budget, which “assumes an increase of zero percent as the basis”.
At 10 a.m. the city council meets to start the budget process.
The proposed budgets for Ottawa Public Health of US $ 123 million and the Ottawa Public Library Board of US $ 56.7 million have already been drawn up. The transit commission is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. to receive the draft transit budget for 2022.
The full budget will be submitted to the Council for approval on December 8th.