2021 City Budget

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The City of Oshawa is preparing the 2021 City Budget and wants to hear from you!

Residents and property owners can share their priorities on key program and service areas accordingly:

Virtual Budget Open Houses

The five virtual Budget Open Houses can be accessed via computer, mobile app, telephone or television.

Each virtual Budget Open House will begin at 6:30 p.m. with opening remarks from Mayor Carter and Finance Committee Chair Gray, followed by a brief overview and education session on the City budget as well an outline of the 2021 City budget process by Finance Services.

Following the presentation, City staff and your Ward Councillors look forward to learning your 2021 City budget priorities. Mayor Carter and other members of Council will also be on the line listening to resident and property owner priorities.

Learn more about the virtual Budget Open Houses.

Online & Paper Opportunities

Community members can also share their 2021 City budget priorities:

Feedback will be received until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30.

Feedback received will be shared with members of Council and City staff during the 2021 City budget process. All individual responses will be anonymous and will only be used to summarize overall feedback received from the public.

The City of Oshawa is preparing the 2021 City Budget and wants to hear from you!

Residents and property owners can share their priorities on key program and service areas accordingly:

Virtual Budget Open Houses

The five virtual Budget Open Houses can be accessed via computer, mobile app, telephone or television.

Each virtual Budget Open House will begin at 6:30 p.m. with opening remarks from Mayor Carter and Finance Committee Chair Gray, followed by a brief overview and education session on the City budget as well an outline of the 2021 City budget process by Finance Services.

Following the presentation, City staff and your Ward Councillors look forward to learning your 2021 City budget priorities. Mayor Carter and other members of Council will also be on the line listening to resident and property owner priorities.

Learn more about the virtual Budget Open Houses.

Online & Paper Opportunities

Community members can also share their 2021 City budget priorities:

Feedback will be received until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30.

Feedback received will be shared with members of Council and City staff during the 2021 City budget process. All individual responses will be anonymous and will only be used to summarize overall feedback received from the public.

Share questions regarding the 2020 City Budget and 2021 City Budget process here. We'll do our best to get back to you within two business days.

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    Oshawa has almost the highest tax rate in Canada, there is no way you can increase taxes. You have not provided services for years in this town. What have you been doing with our money. The neglect in the downtown core has become incredibly evident. And now that all of Toronto is heading this way and the disgusting development of a "town" up near Kedron even more tax dollars will be rolling in. Maybe developers should be mandated to provide these types of facilities when they destroy what's left of our beautiful countryside.

    Sylvia Asked 20 days ago

    Good afternoon Sylvia, thank you for your question. Of every $1 in taxation collected, the City of Oshawa keeps $0.41 with the remainder going to the Region of Durham and the school boards. The City’s share pays for local services such as Fire Services, parks, waste collection, recreation, roads and streetlighting.

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    How are taxes determined?

    24 days ago

    There are two components to property taxes:

    1. Your home’s current assessed value as determined by MPAC – the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation
    2. The total tax rate, as determined by the City of Oshawa, the Region of Durham, and the Province.

    The formula is the current assessed value of your home times (x) the Total Tax Rate.

    This will give you the Total of your Property Taxes.

    For example, please keep in mind these figures are approximate:

    In 2019, the average home was assessed at $356,000. This is multiplied by the residential total tax rate, which is rounded to 1.34% for 2019. Based on this, the total tax bill would be about $4,770.

    Of the $4,770 you would pay in property taxes, the City only keeps 41% -- or approximately $1,956.

    The Region would receive approximately $1,956; and the Province of Ontario would receive approximately $858 for the local school boards.

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    What is the operating budget? What are some of the known factors used in preparing the operating budget?

    24 days ago

    The operating budget is a financing plan for the City’s day-to-day operations such as snow removal, road maintenance and by-law services.

    The operating budget is prepared using a base budget approach that considers cost pressures on programs and services currently being delivered. Some of the factors applied to the base budget are:

    • Salary – Salaries and benefits are updated to reflect annual increases based on collective agreements currently in effect.
    • Inflation – Inflation is based on the specific commodities used by the City.  Inflation rates for the various commodities are based on current agreements in place as well as current market trends which may impact bid prices received for City goods and services.  Various commodities range from 2% to 4% on most, but as high as 12% on some.
    • External Agencies – The City contributes funding to specific agencies that provide various recreation and cultural services to its residents. These agencies are Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres, Oshawa Public Libraries, Parkwood Foundation, Oshawa Historical Society and The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
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    What is the capital budget?

    24 days ago

    The capital budget represents investments in key strategic priorities for the City's future and covers the costs of constructing and renewing buildings, roads and parks.

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    Where does the City receive revenue?

    24 days ago

    83% comes from Property Taxes.

    9% from User fees – includes building permits and user fees like fitness memberships, pet licences.

    8% from Other Revenue – grants, and funding from other levels of government, interest on investments.