At its budget deliberations meeting, Sarnia City Council approved a $155.8 million budget for 2021.
The general levy increase is 2.00%, which is down from the original proposed budget levy increase of 2.39%.
The transit levy increase is 2.45%, which is no change from the original.
The total budgeted expenditures of $155,759,099 were approved and is an increase of $1,221,088 over 2020.
Council approved the following changes to the draft 2021 budget:
|Elimination of Blue Bin Costs||-$5,000|
|Increase to Municipal Grants||$15,634|
|Net expenditure changes||$10,634||$0|
|Elimination of Blue Bin Sales||-$5,000|
|Increase to OMPF||$186,200|
|Net Revenue Changes||$310,942||$0|
The impact per $100,000 of assessment for a residential property is:
|General Municipal Purposes||$17.34 (2.00%)|
|Transit Area||$1.36 (2.45%)|
|Total Municipal Purposes||$18.70 (2.03%)|
Council also approved two grant requests, one in the amount of $80,000 to the Sarnia Lambton Taskforce on Healthcare Worker Recruitment; and the other in the amount of $8,200 to the Heaven’s Wildlife Rescue Rehabilitation & Education Centre.
The approved capital budget is $61,759,805 after approval of two additional capital projects totaling $400,000 from those outlined in the draft capital budget.
Reserves are budgeted to be $28,079,673 after the approval of $1,089,742 of additional spending from reserves.
Changes to the Fees for Services were made to eliminate all year-over-year increases to fees that are charged to businesses.
The approved budget will be posted at https://www.sarnia.ca/2021-budgets/.
The next Regular Council Meeting will be held virtually at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 7, 2020.