Category: Taxes

please include in comments for budget

Budget comments. We will be unable to attend in person, but wanted to share our views on city staff’s proposal of a 3.36% increase in the city’s mill rate. We are unsupportive of such a high increase is city taxes. As an owner of a house near Exhibition Park, we’ve already experienced a recent increase […]

Budget question re: Timekeeping

Staff memo. Further to questions last Wednesday evening concerning the Timekeeping Review, I can provide the following information: The City currently has approximately 200 licences for Kronos (the Timekeeping system), which are at a cost of $25,000. Vendor pricing allows for bulk purchases of licences. The investment requested in the 2014 budget is to engage […]

Recommendation December 5th – Staff motion related to the Guelph Police Services Headquarters Project (PS0033

Staff memo. I am sending it in advance for your consideration December 5th. THAT Guelph City Council approves in principle the $20.4M additional capital allocation for the Guelph Police Services (GPS) Headquarters project (PS0033) in the City’s Recommended 2014 Capital Budget for a total project budget allocation of $34M conditional upon a business case being […]

With Appreciation

A resident’s observations following budget discussions. I could not help but notice your active but courteous questioning of the staff regarding their requests for additional FTEs, in particular Mr. Amorosi during budget proceedings. There have been many promises that these expensive IT staff are going to make the business operations of the city more efficient/effective […]

Overtime and the budget

Staff memo. The Recommended 2014 Tax Supported Operating Budget currently being deliberated by Council includes slightly less than $2 million for overtime. This represents 2% of wages and salaries, not 2.5%. To achieve the 2.5% comparator identified in the Internal Auditor’s OT Audit report would require a $380,000 or 0.3% tax rate increase and staff […]

Guelph reduces proposed tax increase to 2.37 per cent

City staff are now recommending a $193,265,418 tax-supported operating budget for 2014; a 2.37 per cent increase over last year. The updated figure is close to one per cent less than originally proposed in October, and is based on updated figures from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and the County of Wellington. “Since presenting […]