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December 7th - Committee approves budget to deliver essential services to residents

The City’s Finance and Economic Development Committee today approved its portion of the Draft 2022 Budget.

The Committee’s budget for 2022 allocates $655.8 million for gross operational expenditures. It also includes $2.39 billion in revenue, primarily from property tax revenue and payments-in-lieu of taxation.

The operating budget outlines key investments in City governance, the Office of the City Clerk, the City Manager’s Office, rail construction and planning, the Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development department, Innovative Client Services and the Finance Services department, as well as non-departmental expenditures and revenues. Most areas have asked for cost-of-living and inflationary increases to maintain services.

As part of the Planning, Infrastructure and Economic Development budget, the City will continue to invest in economic development and post-pandemic economic recovery with continued funding support for Invest Ottawa, the Major Events Office at Ottawa Tourism, and the Ottawa Film Office.

The capital budget commits $5 million in investment toward renewal of City assets, including building repairs and service enhancements that will make Ottawa more accessible. The capital budget is funded by $4 million in tax-supported funds or dedicated reserves, with an additional $1 million to be funded through debt.

Recommendations from today’s meeting will rise to Council on Wednesday, December 8.

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