The City of Oshawa is preparing the 2018 City Budget and we want to hear from you! Use our new interactive Balanced Budget tool below to balance the City's operating budget.
As a thank you, each Oshawa community member ages 18+ that completes the exercise will be entered into a draw for the chance to win 1 of 25 prizes! Prizes include $25 Canadian Tire gift cards, $25 Oshawa Centre gift cards, Oshawa Generals hockey tickets and a Fitness Membership! For prizing rules and eligibility, visit www.oshawa.ca/budget.
We look forward to sharing your feedback with City staff and Council during the 2018 budget process. This is a simulated budget exercise and your opportunity to suggest how you would allocate municipal spending. The service/funding levels are indicators of your preference for a small or larger increase or decrease in service areas and will be considered as part of the 2018 budget feedback.
The City’s 2017 operating budget is $132 million and is used to deliver efficient and affordable services and includes funding/support for agencies and community groups. The 2017 capital budget is $34 million and is used to renew and invest in our core infrastructure. For every tax dollar collected, approximately 41 cents goes to the Region of Durham and 18 cents to local school boards; the City keeps 41 cents that is managed by operating and capital budgets. (Watch our video to learn more).
We invite you to use our new interactive tool to tell us how you would balance the City’s operating budget.
Below is a list of operating service areas the City provides to our community and the 2017 funding amounts. Select “Learn More” to find out how much each service area costs per resident and for details on the specific services provided. Would you maintain, increase or decrease funding?
Your challenge is to balance the operating budget. As you add and take away funds, you must adjust funds in other service areas. We have provided you with a $250,000 margin, which would represent an approximate .25% increase or decrease to the City portion of your taxes.
As you choose your service levels, tell us what changes you would make to specific programs and services. To submit your budget related questions, visit Connect Oshawa.
Please note: the tool will not allow submissions of budgets that lie outside of the $250,000 margin. If this option is greyed out, please adjust your funding levels in service areas.
To begin, start with the first category below or navigate to a particular service area using the “Sections” menu. Your balance, surplus or deficit will adjust as you select funding levels in the service areas.