What is a Municipal Budget?

As per the Municipal Act, Ontario municipalities are required to prepare an annual budget that is adopted by Council. The budgeting process allows municipalities to prioritize projects, programs, and service levels based on anticipated revenue and expenses. A municipality’s annual budget routinely consists of 2 components:

  1. the operating budget which plans for day-to-day expenditures such as garbage removal, snow removal, road maintenance, and fire services
  2. the capital budget which plans for the purchase or financing of assets, or improvement of existing infrastructure such as building and upgrading our municipal buildings, roads, and equipment.

Budget Information

The 2023 Municipal Budget includes a 3.3% increase in dollar to dollar over the 2022 Budget, which resulted in a 2.56% increase in the municipal tax rate (municipal tax rate x residential assessment = municipal portion of taxes). Some of the 2023 increases are due to increased Insurance costs, Professional Consulting Fees increases, and Computer Hardware and Software expenses.


Bar graph breaking down 2022 municipal net budget apportionment.


2023 Municipal Net Budget Apportionment
DepartmentPercentage %
Building and By-Law 0.4
Conservation Authority 1.4
Emergency Planning 0.1
Fire 9.1
General Government 20.9
Health 0.1
Library 4.5
Parks & Recreation 13.8
Planning 2.9
Police Services 14.4
Roads 23.2
Waste 9.2


























Budget Summary Documents

The 2023 summary budget information can be found below:

Budget Summary Overview


By Department:

Building & By-Law Enforcement Budget Summary

Conservation Authority Budget Summary

Emergency Planning Budget Summary

Fire Department Budget Summary

General Government Budget Summary

Health Department Budget Summary

Library Budget Summary

Parks and Recreation Budget Summary

Planning & Zoning Budget Summary

Police Services Budget Summary

Roads Department Budget Summary

Waste Department Budget Summary


 Capital Program & Project Funding

The majority of capital projects are funded by annual grants including the Ontario Municipal Partnership Funding (OMPF), the Canada Community Building Fund (Gas Tax), and the Annual Ontario Community Infrastructure Funding (OCIF).


The 2023 projects/items below are funded by one-time grants:

  • Safe Restart Agreement’s Municipal Operating Stream for COVID-19 related items
  • 2021 COVID-19 Recovery Funds for COVID-19 related items
  • Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) for partial funding for the Health Centre Renovations project
  • 2019 Modernization Efficiency funding
  • Municipal Modernization Grant Intake II Implementation Stream for updated software
  • Municipal Modernization Grant Intake III Implementation Stream for the preparation for Hybrid meetings in the Council Chambers and North Kawartha Community Centre Banquet Hall
  • Municipal Modernization Grant Intake III – Joint with County and two Municipalities – Technologies to support asset/work order management and planning/development management software
  • Ontario Trillium Funding for the Glen Alda Community Centre Renovations project
  • Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) Rural and Northern Stream for the completion of the refurbishment of Reid’s Rd/Mt. Julian-Viamede Road project

Capital Program & Project Expenditures

The 2023 capital expenditures include the following:


No Building capital programs or projects at this time.




General Government


Parks & Recreation




Township Facilites



For more information on financial matters, please email the Treasurer.

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