Barrie budget process 2019 includes ‘allocator’ for resident input

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It’s budget time for Barrie, and residents can have input into how the process unfolds by using the Budget Allocator resource.
City Hall is promoting the feedback tool as a way for residents to share what is important to them in terms of services and spending. It allows residents to choose to increase, decrease or maintain budget spending for nine major services, and leave comments about their choices.
Feedback received by 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 14 will be shared with council and included in the 2019 budget deliberations.
For instance, the allocator shows that current budget for the department of creative economy is $2.57 million. An increase in spending of five per cent would see the budget rise to $2.7 million, while a decrease of five per cent would see the budget drop to $2.44 million.
The budget for environmental services, which includes curbside waste/recycling pickup, now stands at $7.11 million. A five per cent increase would see it go to $7.47 million, while a corresponding decrease would drop it to $6.75 million.
Barrie’s 2018 budget came in at $80.87 million. Of the residential property tax bill, about 55 per cent funds City services, 14 per cent funds education, as mandated by the Province, and 31 per cent funds the City’s service partners such as the Barrie Police, Public Libraries and services delivered by the County of Simcoe, such as Land Ambulance and Social Services. The allocator does not include service partner budget items.
The past budget saw a 2.75 per cent tax increase, approved Jan. 29 of this year.