It is that time of the year: winter stubbornly takes its firm, but final grip before giving rise to spring; we begin to collect and organize documents for our personal tax returns; and budget season is here. February may be short on days, but it is a landmark month each year.
Essentially, budgets are road maps. Whether for government, companies, non-profit organizations, or even families, budgets allow us to evaluate prior assumptions, projections and decisions – after “life happened”. Budgets are also opportunities to look ahead and make adjustments and decisions based on new information and priorities.
Embedded in the city’s budget are our hopes and aspirations for Burlington, balanced with fiscal pressures that originate from within our boundaries and beyond. This is especially true as the federal and provincial governments continue to make cuts and shift responsibilities to municipalities. Continue reading →
Our next Council meeting is on February 18 where we will be considering the Proposed Capital Budget.
On February 18th, Council will vote on approving the Proposed Capital Budget for 2014. Immediately after, we will begin our review of the proposed 2014 Current operating budget at the Community and Corporate Services Committee at 9:30 a.m. on February 20, 2014. A special Council meeting will be held immediately following the Committee meeting to approve the Current budget.
On January 29th, we held an interactive workshop about the city’s 2014 current and capital budgets. We had a great turn out at this meeting. Participants had the opportunity to discuss service choices, infrastructure, and the long-term financial plan while learning more about the city’s 2014 current and capital budgets and the impact the budget will have on 2014 property taxes. Continue reading →
On Monday, January 27, City Council received an update on the legal status of the Brant Street Pier litigation and decided that now was an appropriate time to provide an update to the community on this issue.
Today (Thursday, January 30), the City Manager held a press conference to provide an update on the legal fees and status of the City of Burlington’s ongoing litigation regarding the Brant Street Pier.
City Council has continually expressed a commitment to transparency on this issue, and to provide information when it is appropriate to do so. Continue reading →
Each year the Burlington Chamber of Commerce hosts the Mayor’s State of the City Address – an opportunity to share the highlights, accomplishments and future opportunities for Burlington with the community.
I am grateful for this opportunity to share with you, all that we accomplished in 2013, and a look ahead at 2014.
This will be my fourth State of the City Address to Burlington on innovation, transition, and moving forward.