The City of Ottawa is facing a $41 M deficit. This could mean cuts to important city services that we all depend upon, and others that address the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. The annual property tax increase has shrunk every year since 2011 (2.45% to 1.75%). This has meant a tighter budget each year amidst rising costs and financial pressures.
An increase of 1% is $36 per year on the average property tax bill and would give the City $14 M in revenue. What investment are you prepared to make to ensure quality of life in our city? In the coming weeks, City Councillors are inviting input to inform the draft budget to be released November 12th. Contact the Mayor andyour City Councillor or attend a budget consultation to let them know what you want to see in the draft budget. Potential message: I would like to make an informed choice as to choosing between services and tax increases. In the draft budget, I would like to see options as to what services would be cut or maintained with a 2%, 3% or 4% tax increase. Will you take steps to ensure this happens? For updates on City Council consultations, visit http://www.ottawa.ca