Building a Stronger Winnipeg Together
The City of Winnipeg is preparing its 2017 budget, and wants your feedback on budget priorities, preferences, and ideas!
Until October 30, you are invited to participate online!
Building on last year's budget engagement, the City of Winnipeg is continuing to create new and improved ways of working together to build a stronger city.
Winnipeg is a growing, thriving city, and needs to plan for population growth that is going to create increased demand on existing city infrastructure and services, as well as a need for new infrastructure and expanded services. LetsTalk gives you an online forum to make your voice heard about how to best manage and budget for a growing city.
With your feedback, the City of Winnipeg can build a stronger, better Winnipeg together with you.
The City wants to develop a balanced and sustainable budget that will lead the way in improving infrastructure and building safe, strong neighbourhoods. We want this budget to reflect Winnipeggers’ priorities and preferences as they relate to how your tax dollars are spent, and the ways the City generates revenue. We want this engagement process to be a way of working together to help make Winnipeg even better.Close
All Winnipeggers are invited to participate either online or at one of the public consultation meetings. We want to hear from as many diverse and unique perspectives as possible. We encourage you to share the opportunities to participate with your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues.Close
We believe that by consulting citizens in person through face to face community meetings as well as online and by telephone allows the City to reach a broad cross section of Winnipeggers. This will provide a broad and diverse understanding of citizens' priorities and preferences for the City of Winnipeg budget.Close
Online participation will be open early in October and run until October 30. Come join a Community Conversation to give your input and feedback for the 2017 City Budget. You can expect to work together with other Winnipeggers to dicuss spending priorities, preferences, ideas and opprtunities for building a stronger, better Winnipeg.
The dates and times of the community conversations are as follows:
- Wednesday, October 12, North Centennial Recreation and Leisure Facility, 90 Sinclair Street, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 13, Jonathan Toews Community Centre, 1188 Dakota Street, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, October 27, St. James Civic Centre, 2055 Ness Avenue, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
- Friday, October 28, Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street, 11:30am-2:00 p.m.
- Saturday, October 29, Henderson Library, 1050 Henderson Highway, 9:00-11:30 a.m.
The telephone survey will also occur during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of October.Close
The goal is to share the results from all the feedback with all members of City Council and the public in early November, and it will be used shape the priorities and direction of the 2017 City of Winnipeg budget.Close
YES! The intent of gathering your input is to inform City Council about how you want your tax dollars invested. Following the conclusion of this process, the results will be shared with City Council and the public.Close
Winnipeggers use city services and programs every day and they impact your day-to-day lives. You are the best and most informed to help us understand what services make a difference in your life. Your input will help us determine how to align available budget dollars with spending priorities.Close
How much input you give and how much time it will take is up to you. We are providing multiple ways to get involved online through variety of tools. We invite you to visit the project website and find the opportunity that works best for you.Close
There are multiple ways you can participate either online or in person. Visit LetsTalkWpg.ca for ways to get involved.Close
Last year was the first time that this administration consulted Winnipeggers' on their budget priorities. Based on the input received last year, additional opportunities for face-to-face consultations were added so Winnipeggers' can talk directly to City officials about their ideas and priorities.Close
Each week we will be publishing an e-newsletter sharing highlights from the input and data we have received so far. You can also visit our website and look at the “What’s New” section to learn more about what others are saying.Close
City Services & Budgets
The City of Winnipeg is responsible for providing services, programs and projects that support your quality of life. These can be basic services such as public safety, water, transportation and roadways or a more diverse range of opportunities for living, working and playing.
Budgets are an important tool to guide and focus the time, money and resources associated with City services and programs.
When budgeting, the City isn’t just thinking about tomorrow, next month or one year down the road. Over the next 25 years, Winnipeg's population is estimated to increase by 8,200 people per year, and by 2034/35 Winnipeg's Census Metropolitan Area population is projected to exceed one million people. Planning for this growth needs to happen today!
In addition to addressing today’s needs, budgets need to also consider future generations’ social, economic, and environmental well-being.
The City budget is made up of two components – the operating budget and the capital budget. The capital budget represents a finite amount of money to be invested in specific projects - much like you would budget for a big purchase like a house or a car. The operating budget is where the money to keep things running on an on-going basis is represented - like keeping the lights on in your house or food in your fridge.
Under The City of Winnipeg Charter, the City of Winnipeg is legally required to balance its budget, and is not permitted to run a deficit.
Where does the money come from to support the operating budget?
How does the City of Winnipeg currently spend its operating budget?
The City of Winnipeg is currently facing a $52 million deficit in its operating budget, and is facing an infrastructure deficit estimated to be over $7 billion.
Addressing these challenges means finding ways to reduce spending, increase revenues, or both.
As well, the gap between forecasted spending and revenues for future budgets is growing at a rate of $35 million a year.
TAX SUPPORTED OPERATING BUDGET - FORECAST
These budgetary challenges didn’t happen overnight. The gap between service needs of today, and how financial investments and decisions have been made, has been slowly growing over the last 10 years.
So How did we get here?
The City of Winnipeg has comparably high residential property taxes relative to other Canadian cities.
The City begins freezing property taxes (and therefore revenue received.)
Property taxes are either cut or frozen. By the end of the period the City has an overall 6% property tax revenue reduction.
Over the last 17 years other cities have increased their property taxes by approximately 4% per year whereas Winnipeg has averaged 0.4%/year.
Propery Tax increases in Western Cities
Source: Compiled and derived by the City of Winnipeg using cities’ websites and budget books.
But the city still grew and tax-supported expenditures increased by $163 million.
So now what?
Provide the City of Winnipeg your ideas and priorities on how to address the growing gap between revenues and expenditures. The City of Winnipeg is looking for your help to build a stronger Winnipeg together!
If you have questions or would like to connect with our project team please contact: