New Term Of Council Priorities

Early in 2015, City Council will develop a City Strategic Plan for the four-year (2015-2018) Term of Council that will provide the framework for Council and City staff decision-making and guide future budgets. It will ensure City programs and services continue to address the changing needs of the community.

Since the Term of Council Priorities will be finalized after the 2015 budget is adopted, funding envelopes of $5.4 million in the City Manager’s Office budget and $32 million in the capital budget have been identified to fund newly established strategic initiatives. This totals an investment of $37.4 million. These envelopes allow for flexibility over the coming year to ensure public funds spent correspond with priorities once they are set.

The Strategic Initiatives are expected to include:

  • Housing and homelessness
  • The City’s transit plan
  • Neighbourhood road safety, including pedestrian and cycling mobility
  • Ottawa 2017 – Celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday
  • Economic development, specifically the growth of tourism and small businesses
  • Ottawa River cleanup
  • Increasing forest cover
  • Accountability and oversight on spending, procurement and contract management
  • Accessibility initiatives
  • Energy management
  • Arts and culture
  • Recreation services

Property Tax Revenue Changes

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Year

Percentage of Property Tax Revenue Change

2008

4.9 %

2009

4.9 %

2010

3.9 %

2011

2.45 %

2012

2.39 %

2013

2.09 %

2014

1.91 %

2015

1.75 %

Property Tax Impact

  Urban Home AverageAssessment: $355,000 Rural Home Average Assessment: $355,000 Commercial Property Average Assessment: $283,100

Area

2014 2015 2014 2015 2014 2015

City Wide

 2,138  2,183  1,975  2,016  3,268  3,306

Police

 542  553  542  553  827  841

Transit

 577  589  174  177  890  906

Garbage Fee

 82  82  82  82 Not Applicable  Not Applicable

TOTAL

 3,339  3,406  2,773  2,828  4,985  5,053

$ Change

Not Applicable  67 Not Applicable  55 Not Applicable   68

% Change

Not Applicable 2.00% Not Applicable 2.00% Not Applicable 1.37%