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The Town of Collingwood has drafted its 2021 Operating & Capital Budget. Through the draft 2021 Budget, the Town strives to balance the needs of current residents and the challenges of our community’s unprecedented growth and mounting investment needs, with finding opportunities for service efficiency, business attraction, and enhancements to our waterfront and public spaces.

Take a look at the Final 2021 Budget posted to the December 21 Council meeting agenda.

What is a budget?
It is the most important document that any government adopts. It is a plan that sets out anticipated spending for the year and where the

The Town of Collingwood has drafted its 2021 Operating & Capital Budget. Through the draft 2021 Budget, the Town strives to balance the needs of current residents and the challenges of our community’s unprecedented growth and mounting investment needs, with finding opportunities for service efficiency, business attraction, and enhancements to our waterfront and public spaces.

Take a look at the Final 2021 Budget posted to the December 21 Council meeting agenda.

What is a budget?
It is the most important document that any government adopts. It is a plan that sets out anticipated spending for the year and where the money will come from. It determines the services the municipality will provide and defines any improvements or expenses related to buildings or resources that will be made that year. A budget is the blueprint that outlines how municipal funds are collected and allocated. The overall budget can be separated into two main components – the Operating Budget and the Capital Budget.

What is an Operating Budget?
The operating budget is the plan for the day-to-day operations of the Town including salaries, legal and insurance costs, and winter control. These expenses are required annually to run the municipality. Every Town program and service is funded through the operating budget, which is designed to ensure dependable delivery of a broad array of programs and services that residents rely on every day. Your municipal government is responsible for providing fire and police services, roads, clean water, parks, arenas, library services, and much more. Many of these services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. These services and programs are largely funded by tax dollars and user fees which include charges for recreation programs, water, and wastewater services.

What is a Capital Budget?
The capital budget is the annual plan for the purchase and financing of the Town’s capital assets. Capital assets are projects and expenses where the benefits can be seen over the course of many years, such as roads, bridges, land, buildings, machinery, and equipment. Some examples of capital projects include intersection improvements at Third Street & High Street, the Stewart Road Reservoir, The Black Ash Pumping Station upgrade, and the Sunset Point Park Playground project. The bulk of the capital spending goes to maintaining and fixing existing infrastructure, and is funded through dedicated accounts (similar to savings accounts) that have been built up through taxation and grants.

Building new infrastructure that is needed for keeping up with the growth of the community is funded through charges on the new developments being built.

Balancing the Budget
Each year municipalities are faced with the challenge of balancing the budget, as required by provincial legislation. A municipality can take on debt to pay for large capital acquisitions, however it must ensure that there is enough money to fund day-to-day operations. In order to balance the budget, a careful analysis must be done regarding the level of services required to meet the expectations of the community and the realistic taxation and user fee levels.

Tell us what is important to you about Collingwood?

It is important that the needs of the community are understood when considering a municipal budget. Let us know what municipal services are important to you as a resident of Collingwood.

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Council and managers should not be giving away taxpayers' money to a community foundation and abdicating their responsibilities; a community foundation should be funded through private tax deductible donations only

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the soccer club should be paying for more of the costs of the building at fisher fields since they receive most of the benefits

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there should be no parking allowed in or on designated bike lanes; what is the point of a bike lane if it is blocked by parked cars and trucks

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at a minimum, the contamination of the old concrete grain silos should be removed in 2021; then the Town can proceed to safely demolish them in an environmentally-responsible manner

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the existing trails, including waterfront trails, should be high-water and flood proofed,, whether that means relocating them away the shoreline itself, building more storm resistant boardwalks, installing proper drainage, or raising the trail beds

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The Town does not need another new separate position of "climate specialist"; all managers should be trained to address climate change and climate issues as part of their ongoing mandate

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Council and managers should have a goal and objective of reducing the overall residential tax footprint of Collingwood, being a small town both geographically and based on its population now and in the future; property taxes are unaffordable

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The library should not be providing recreational programs that can be more effectively and efficiently provided by the parks and recreation department

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Collingwood has too many white, unaccounted-for, over-powered, full-size pick up trucks for a small town the geographic size of Collingwood and for the population, now and in the future, of Collingwood

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We need action now based on the climate emergency declared last year. A climate specialist position is essential to take on the much needed effort and commitment. We also need support to gain any federal climate funding for municipalities.

CHDaw almost 2 years ago
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The most important thing to me is that Collingwood make meaningful reductions to its use of fossil fuels. The Climate Specialist position must be funded.

Lhood275 almost 2 years ago
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More attention to planning for bike lanes, trails, and sidewalks so that they link together. Repair, improve, and expand the heavily used bike and trail system.

Heather almost 2 years ago
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Town Council has declared a Climate Emergency (October 2019). This necessitates the establishment of a climate specialist position on Town staff to ensure accountability, responsibility, and meaningful action as we reduce emissions in our community.

Nick Clayton almost 2 years ago
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The Town declared a climate emergency (October 2019). This necessitates the establishment of a climate specialist on town staff to ensure responsibility, accountability and meaningful action to reduce carbon emissions in our community.

Nick Clayton almost 2 years ago
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Water, sanitation services, well kept roads and sidewalks and emergency services are all essential. Our waterfront, trails and environment need the attention they deserve. Planning and other municipal services to ensure Collingwood grows sustainably

dohrling almost 2 years ago
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Traffic in general but in particular speeding, unsafe U turns, trucks and cars with modified tailpipes, bikes on sidewalks trucks using air brakes. Police presence in town needed.
Trails need attention as well.

Cher almost 2 years ago
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There is a section on the 6th Street bike path that doesn't connect forcing kids on bikes to go on the shoulder of a very busy road. Please make that path go all the way through. In general, bike paths that connect throughout the city as it grows.

Shannon almost 2 years ago
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After a crazy year and the amount of people that have utilized the trail network more money needs allocating to repair and improve the network. The section between sobeys and sunset point has been underwater.
Centennial pool and outdoor ice rink

Stuart F almost 2 years ago
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-Public water access
-Local businesses

Jeff almost 2 years ago
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