2021 Budget Community Consultation Public Meeting
When: Monday, November 16, 2020 – 6:00 pm Regular Council Meeting
Where: Council Chambers, City Hall – Online. Questions Submitted before 2:00pm November 6 will be presented at question period after the consultation.
Explore the 2021 Budget
Click here for Agendas, Webcast and Minutes of the Freestanding Committee of the Whole – 2021 Budget Meetings
Dates of the Meetings:
- September 16, 2020
- October 14, 2020
- October 26, 2020
- November 2, 2020 – Public Consultation Presentation
- December 2, 2020 – Final Budget Meeting
Mission updates its five-year financial plan each year to ensure its finances are managed responsibly and to reflect the priorities identified by Council and the community.
The 2021 – 2025 Financial Plan includes specific funding requirements for 2021, and projections for 2022-2025.
At a high level the financial plan is made up of:
General Operating Budget
The budget that funds day-to-day operations. Any increases to this budget are proposed to allow the city to continue to provide the same services, at the same levels, for the coming year.
The budget for major capital projects. The capital budget also provides a component to fund transfers to reserves for future projects.
The operating and capital budgets for water, sewer, drainage, and waste management. These components are funded through user-fees and levies, and are included on your tax notice.
These are new initiatives proposed by staff based on Council’s strategic plan, Master Plans, and through ongoing work to identify opportunities to improve operations and service to the community.
The 2021 Budget
The 2021 budget focuses on maintaining services and supporting the needs of the community, while also moving mission forward with a number of new initiatives based on Council’s Strategic Plan, public input gathered through our annual Citizen Satisfaction Survey, and opportunities identified by staff.
General Operating Budget
Proposed Budget Changes:
Starting in the summer of 2020 and over the course of the fall, Council and staff compiled and deliberated the draft Financial Plan with a focus on the 2021 budget. A line-by-line review was undertaken resulting in a preliminary budget increase of $1.128 million.
Council was presented with service level spending packages worth over $574,000 and are considering two for the Financial Plan.
The proposed 3.6% increase to the general operating fund budget is $1,270,774.
New initiatives and increased service levels total $899,091 This includes the balance of the additional firefighters and fire apparatus and positions budgeted to start partway through 2020.
To maintain current service levels, a net increase of $740,748 is required. This includes a 1% estimate for CPI that is built into many contracts.
Development activity remains strong in Mission generating new revenue projected at $400,000.
Recent budget projections have resulted in a reduction of $111,494 to the overall budget.
Council is considering two service level spending packages worth $142,429 for 2021.
The proposed changes total $1,270,774. This increase represents an estimated increase of $75.81 to the property taxes of an average assessed home of $692,455.
Consolidated Operating Funds
Operating expenditures are used to pay for the day-to-day activities of the various community programs and services, such as a Parks crews and their equipment or delivering clean, safe water to homes and businesses.
Protective Services is the largest component of the operating budget at 23%.
- Police Services at $13.3 million, or 16% of the consolidated budget,
- Fire/Rescue Services at $5.4 million, or 7% of the consolidated budget.
The capital budget is for new or replacement infrastructure, such as facility upgrades, replacing aging water and sewer pipes, or replacing a fire truck.
Over the next five years, the City’s Capital Plan has over $85 million worth of capital projects slated as it continues to invest in infrastructure such as transportation, facilities, water and sanitary sewer systems. $11 million of this plan is scheduled for capital projects in 2021. Condition assessments on infrastructure, as part of the asset management program, helps the City prioritize replacement capital projects within the long-term financial plan.
Capital projects for 2021 to 2025 Financial Plan include:
General Fund capital projects total: $26.6 million including
- Paving and sidewalks: $9.9 million
- Intersection upgrades $4.1 million
- Equipment purchases: $3.2 million
Traffic safety: $1 million
Water Utility: $40.3 million
Sewer Utility: $13.2 million
Drainage Utility: $3.2 million
Solid Waste Utility: $1.97 million
Council is considering adding $2,256,950 of new capital projects to the capital plan above. $1,403,950 are projects to address several safety issues and protecting existing infrastructure issues arising from the aging facilities. These projects can be funded from existing reserves. In addition to these safety concerns, there are five community projects totaling $853,000. Four of these could be funded from the Forestry reserve and one from the Community Amenity Contribution.
Utilities represent more than 25% of Mission’s ongoing operating expenses, or approximately $22.4 million in operating expenditures.
Operating and saving for future utilities and drainage infrastructure is funded through user fees and levies.
This means residents who do not receive water, sewer, or curbside waste collection do not fund these services or the reserves for future infrastructure.
Each year staff propose adjustments to the user fees to support the ongoing maintenance of infrastructure, services like curbside collection and the operation of the landfill, and to save for future infrastructure, and repair and replacement costs.
The drainage utility program, established in 2016, has challenges developing a capital program for replacement and upgrading of the City’s storm water drainage systems. The drainage budget includes an increase in the transfer to capital reserve of $125,000 which represents a 5.54% an increase to the drainage levy.
This would increase the averaged assessed home by $7.50.
Smaller increases are proposed for these utilities for 2021. These rate increases are proposed to maintain the long-term health of local and regional water and sewer utilities and to save for the future projects required as we grow.
To keep pace with inflation and maintain healthy reserves for both the regional and local water systems, Council is considering a 0.75% increase in water user fees.
This will increase the annual flat rate fee by $3.84 for a total of $512.64 per year or $42.72 per month.
To keep pace with inflation and to build-up our reserves to support the JAMES Wastewater Treatment Plant (which includes a $46.8 million project for seismic upgrades and flood proofing starting in 2030), Council is considering a 1.2% increase in Sewer User Fees.
This will increase the annual flat rate fee by $5.52 for a total of $463.92 per year or $38.66 per month.
Savings from the curbside collection contract is being passed to the customer with a 4.7% reduction for refuse and recycling/compost collection fees.
The proposed changes to Water, Sewer, Garbage and Recycling/Compost include:
|Utility||Increase %||Increase $||Total User Fees|
|Recycling / Compost||(4.7%)||($9.12)||$184.20|
The proposed increase for flat rate utility fees is $34.10.
The monthly costs to residences with these utility services equals $105.31.
Water metered rate will be increasing from $1.28 to $1.29 m3 and sewer metered rate will be increasing from $1.16 to $1.17 m3
Operating Service Level Spending Packages, under Consideration
Parks, Recreation and Culture —Administrative Assistant for $92,429*
To provide administrative support to the department which will allow management staff to focus on time sensitive projects, higher level duties and increasing overall efficiency for the City.
* This cost covers labour, overhead, supplies and equipment.
Clark Theatre for $50,000
Funding request to develop a new operating agreement with the School District to provide community programming at the Clarke Foundation Theatre.
Year-Round Budget Feedback
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