City of St. Thomas Public Engagement: 2018 Budget


City of St. Thomas Public Engagement: 2018 Budget


The interactive Citizen Budget Tool has closed. Feel free to explore the tool as much as you wish.


Have Your Say!

The City of St. Thomas is taking an interactive approach with its 2018 budget process. This online tool will help us include your preferences on where your tax dollars can be spent.

Getting Started

Please take a few minutes to use this budget tool to show us how you would like to see your tax dollars invested. We value your input and look forward to hearing from you regarding what you would like to see maintained, enhanced or reduced. We welcome your comments in each section of the survey to explain your choices or give us general feedback.

Once you have entered your property assessment value, the information will automatically update itself and reflect how much taxes you are paying per year in individual service areas. From there… You can decide to adjust the tax values as you would like!

Upon submitting the survey, a result page is sent to you summarizing your choices and showing you how you compare to your neighbours and those who have also completed the survey! The results of the exercise will be reviewed by City Council and shared with the public as part of the budget process.

Thank you for your participation!

Your 2018 Tax Dollars

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Police Services Learn more

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To provide public safety through crime prevention, enforcement, investigations and education. While the primary function of policing is preventing crime and ensuring road safety, policing has become much more. It is a community effort to address increasing social issues through a collaborated effort with community partners working together to make St. Thomas a safe place to live.

How would you adjust your property tax funding for police services in the city?
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Fire Services Learn more

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Fire Service

To protect the health and welfare of the Public through fire prevention, emergency response capabilities, and public education. A comprehensive Fire Master Plan was completed in 2016 to analyze staffing, facilities, and equipment.

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Roads and Bridges Learn more

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To maintain safe and reliable roads, sidewalks, and bridges.

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Winter Maintenance Learn more

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To contribute to the safety of the citizens of St. Thomas by: de-icing, snow plowing, and snow removal, and ensuring accessibility. The level of service for winter maintenance is a collective choice made by municipal staff, Council and residents. A detailed review was conducted in the fall of 2015 to consider the costs and benefits of winter service improvements.

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Recreational Facilities and Parks Learn more

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Recreation and Parks

To provide opportunities for individuals and families to engage in activities, and the health and social benefits of using recreational facilities in an affordable manner (e.g., arenas, pools and skate parks)

To provide safe, clean, parks and open space systems through proactive property management in a cost-effective manner (e.g., playgrounds, splashpads, athletic fields and pavilions)

The City benefits from approximately 12,000 trees which line our streets, not to mention the trees we have in our parks and natural areas. Annually, taxpayers pay $200,000 to manage the trees which includes trimming, removal, and planting new trees.

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How would you adjust your property tax funding for parks in the city?
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How would you adjust your property tax funding to manage our trees in the city?
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Waste Management Learn more

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Waste Management

To contribute to the health of the environment and the citizens of St. Thomas through garbage removal, recycling, and green bin. This service also includes management of the Community Recycling Centre (CRC) in partnership with nearby municipalities.

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Transit System Learn more

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Transit System

To provide a chosen level of transit service at consistent times and locations. The St. Thomas Transit Service provides public transportation to 240,000 riders per year. The annual cost to taxpayers to provide the existing service is $950,000.

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Libraries Learn more

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An average of 800 people visit the library every day, and we reach thousands of children and families through our programs and services each year. The library is a safe, flexible public space where people can connect, share, learn, and discover. With nearly 100,000 print resources, and over 50,000 online resources, the library promotes cultural enrichment and lifelong learning for all St. Thomas residents.

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Airport Learn more

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Airport

The 640 acre St. Thomas Municipal Airport complex, home to several aviation businesses, provides accommodation and support for industrial, commercial, military, and private flights for both the City and the entire Elgin County area and is supported by approximately $95,000 in direct tax dollars. This does not include the cost of the runway replacement.

How would you adjust your property tax funding for continued investment in our airport?
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Animal Services Learn more

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Animal Services

Each year, a total of 300 cats and 200 dogs are seen at our Animal Shelter. While $100,000 is raised through pet licenses, fees and contracts with neighbouring municipalities, the direct cost to city taxpayers for animal control and welfare service is $200,000.

How would you adjust your property tax funding for animal services within the city?
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Council Grants Learn more

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Council Grants

Within the City’s budget, on average, $380,000 in funding is provided to outside groups and organizations through a grant system. Approximately, $305,000 of this funding goes to major recipients including St. Thomas-Elgin Art Centre, the Senior’s Centre, the Talbot Teen Centre, and the St. Thomas Cemetery Company. The balance, about $75,000, is distributed to organizations with special one-time projects.

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Economic Development Learn more

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In the attraction of new industry and business within the City as well as the provision of assistance to existing industry and businesses, all to support the creation and retention of employment jobs, the City allocates $415,000 annually to the St. Thomas Economic Development Corporation.

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Tourism Learn more

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Tourism

Annually, $165,000 in tax dollars supports the Railway City Tourism efforts as it plans for and executes events and promotions for the City.

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Downtown Community Improvement Learn more

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The City is proud of its downtown area. In addition to rebuilding the west end of Talbot Street and supporting the Community Improvement Program which sees the restoration of storefront facades and improvements to downtown residential units, the City invests approximately $75,000 annually in special maintenance activities such as the flower basket program, weed control, additional garbage collection, and snow removal when required.

How would you adjust your property tax funding to affect maintenance within the downtown area?
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Summary


*This section pertains to Elgin St. Thomas Public Health, Capital Projects, Social Services, and Building maintenance.

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