London's 2016-2019 Multi-Year Budget Simulator

Welcome to the City of London’s simulated budget exercise. This educational exercise allows you to: learn more about what services your property tax dollars support; to provide input on where you would like to see more or less spending in the future; and experience the types of decisions City Staff and City Council face when developing and approving budgets.

This year, the City of London, for the first time in history, is seeking City Council approval on a multi-year budget approach that cover years 2016-2019.

London City Council approved a new Strategic Plan on March 10, 2015 (100 days into their 4-year term). Linking the strategies included in this plan to a multi-year budget process provides accountability between what is achieved and the cost to the taxpayer. This process will also provide greater certainty to tax payers about the future direction of taxes.

On January 11, 2016 City Staff proposed an annual average tax levy increase from rates of 3.1% (approx. $85 on a home assessed at $221,000) which is comprised of a recommended annual average increase of 2.6% ($71 of $85) for the base operating budget and consideration of an additional average annual increase of 0.5% ($14 of $85) for strategic investments.

How will this feedback be used?

Feedback from this tool will be provided to members of City Council for consideration during the budget process. For other opportunities to provide input during the budget process and to see updated summaries of resident input from the tool, click here.

This short video will assist you in understanding "How your City Budget Works". To see other financial related videos done by the City of London, click here.

How it works?

  1. Input the assessed value of your home into the space provided below or use the London pre-set average assessed home value of $221,000 to visualize how much money is currently spent on services offered by the City of London.

  2. If you are uncertain of what assessed value means or are unsure of where to find this information, click here.




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  4. Base Budget Exercise: after learning how much of your property tax bill is spent on each service, please use the sliding scales provided to indicate if you would like to see an increase or decrease to a specific service over the next four years.

  5. Strategic Investments: this list identifies projects and initiatives from Council’s Strategic Plan that require additional funding throughout the 2016-2019 Multi-Year Budget. Please indicate which projects and initiatives you support by using the yes/no slider.

  6. Get a summary of the decisions you made and share with your friends, family and your local councillor!



*All amounts and percentages in this exercise are subject to rounding
**You can place your cursor over each section to see more detail.

When you input your assessed value below, please watch the pie graphs above as they will change based on this new value.
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BASE BUDGET EXERCISE

The below represents the annual average proposed budget by service. Use the sliding scales provided to showcase if you would like to increase or decrease this amount over the next 4 years.

Click on the "Learn More" buttons throughout the exercise to get additional information specific to each service.

(It should be noted that increasing or decreasing would have an impact on overall tax rate)

Culture Centennial Hall
Arts, Culture & Heritage Advisory & Funding
Museum London
Eldon House
Heritage
London Public Library Services

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Culture
Centennial Hall
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Arts, Culture and Heritage Advisory & Funding
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Museum London
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Eldon House
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Heritage
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Library Services
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Economic Prosperity Business Attraction & Retention
Community Improvement/BIA
London Convention Centre
Tourism London

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Economic Prosperity
Business Attraction & Retention
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Community Improvement / BIA
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Conventions, Meetings & Events
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Tourism & Sports Attraction
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Covent Garden Market
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Environmental Services Conservation Authorities KCCA
Conservation Authorities LTVCA
Conservation Authorities UTRCA
Environmental Action Programs & Reporting
Garbage, Recycling & Composting

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Environmental Services
Kettle Creek Conservation Authorities
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Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authorities
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Upper Thames River Conservation Authorities
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Environmental Action Programs & Report
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Garbage, Recycling & Composting
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Parks, Recreation & Neighbourhood Services Neighbourhood and Recreation Services
Parks and Urban Forestry

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Parks, Recreation & Neighbourhood Services
Neighbourhood & Recreation Services
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Parks & Urban Forestry
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Planning and Development Services Building Approvals
Land Use Planning
Development Services

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**The service Building Approvals is excluded from the above Planning & Development Services pie chart because it is a revenue source for your property tax bill. Based on the average home value of $221,000 Building Approvals represents a $6 dollar or 19% reduction to the total property tax cost of Planning and Development Services. The sliding scale provided for Planning & Development Services includes the property tax impact of Building Approvals.

Planning and Development Services
Planning Services
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Development Services
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Protective Services Animal Services
By-law Enforcement & Property Standards
Corporate Security & Emergency Management
Fire Services

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Protective Services
Animal Services
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Bylaw Enforcement & Property Standards
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Corporate Security & Emergency Management
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Fire Services
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Police Services
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Social and Health Services Social Housing
London Middlesex Housing Corporation
Long-Term Care
Middlesex-London Health Unit
Social and Community Support Services

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Social and Health Services
Social Housing
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London & Middlesex Housing Corporation
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Long Term Care
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Land Ambulance
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Middlesex-London Health Unit
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Social & Community Support Services
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Transportation Services Parking
London Public Transit
Roadways

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**The service Parking is excluded from the above Transportation Services pie chart because it is a revenue source for your property tax bill. Based on the average home value of $221,000 Parking represents a $16 dollar or 5.2% reduction to the total property tax cost of Transportation Services. The sliding scale provided for Transportation Services includes the property tax impact of Parking.

Transportation Services
Public Transit
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Roadways
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Corporate, Operational & Council Services Corporate Services
Corporate Planning & Corporate Administration
Council Services
Public Support Services

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Corporate, Operational & Council Services
Corporate Services
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Corporate Planning & Administration
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Council Services
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Public Support Services
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Financial Management Corporate Financing

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**The service Corporate Financing supports all service areas within the City of London regarding financial management functions such as: capital financing, reserve and reserve fund management, debt management and contingency planning. This centralized service provides for the effective and efficient management of the City’s financial resources.

Financial Management
Capital Financing
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Other Related Financing
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Finance
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Strategic Investments Your choice
Strategic Investments
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Base Budget Exercise Summary
Strategic Investments

Please indicate which projects and/or initiatives you want to see happen over the next 4 years by using the yes/no scale.

Click on the "Learn More" buttons for each investment to get additional information specific to each service.

Building a Sustainable City Your choice
Library’s Ten Year Capital Plan Learn more
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Road Map 2.0 – Road to Increased Resource Recovery and Zero Waste Learn more
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Urban Forest Strategy Learn more
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Thames Valley Corridor Plan Learn more
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Road Safety Strategy Learn more
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Rapid Transit Implementation Strategy Learn more
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State of Infrastructure Report Learn more
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Do you have any comments you would like to share on Building a Sustainable City?
Leading in Public Service Your choice
Garbage Collection – On�?board Weighing and Tracking Technologies Learn more
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Technology/Amanda Software Learn more
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Establish Public Engagement as an Area of Focus Learn more
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Service London Implementation Plan Learn more
$0
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Computerized Maintenance Management System Learn more
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Do you have any comments you would like to share on Leading in Public Service?
Strengthening our Community Your choice
London Strengthening Neighbourhoods Strategy (LSNS) Learn more
$0
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Ontario Works Service Plan – Low Income Supports Enhancement Learn more
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Mental Health and Addictions Strategy Learn more
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London Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan 2010�?2024 2. London Homeless Prevention System Implementation Plan Learn more
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Winter Maintenance Strategy Learn more
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Do you have any comments you would like to share on Strengthening our Community?
Growing Our Economy Your choice
London Community Foundation’s “Back to the River Project” Learn more
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Streamline Approval Process in Development Services Learn more
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London’s Downtown Plan – Small Scale Projects Learn more
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Regenerating Public Housing Plan Learn more
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Dundas Place Learn more
$0
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City of London Internship Program Learn more
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Do you have any comments you would like to share on Growing our Economy?
General Questions, Comments and Evaluations

Please indicate whether you agree or disagree with the following statements.

Through the simulated budget exercise I have been able to learn more about City services.
Through the simulated budget exercise I have been able to learn more about the City's budget.
Would you use this or a simulator tool in the future?
Do you have other comments?

If you are satisfied with your choices, click "Submit".