Budgets are a numbers game: which ones do you want?

By Staff

November 3rd, 2021



Budgets are a numbers game – for members of Council it is a real life situation that they have to deal with and then explain to the people that elected them.

In order to explain what they are faced with Council members have a series of visuals that set it all out.

On the left they list four factors that impact the budget and tell you (the orange ball) what the impact on the budget is.

On the right they do the same thing with four other factors and use that orange ball to tell you what the impact is on the budget.

Then they add another graphic to show what the tax increase is going to be to that point.

They aren’t done yet. Consideration has to be given to the risks involved in running a city.   Three more factors are added and another orange ball to tell you what the impact is going to be on the budget.

Add in the cost of risk mitigation factors.

And there you have it – the final tax increase number. And with that you now know what the 2022 budget exercise is going to be all about.

What do you cut where to get a number Council can live with and still get re-elected and something the public will swallow.

No one seems to think that 5.45% increase will sit all that well with the voters.

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1 comment to Budgets are a numbers game: which ones do you want?

  • perryb

    Let’s face it, in principle, no taxes sit well with voters. Everyone would prefer to get everything for free, or if there has to be a cost, let someone else pay for it. The dilemma for elected representatives is that they know this is a pipe dream, yet they fear that if they do the right thing and annoy the wrong people, political opponents will benefit. It’s a rare voter who has any sense of the greater good.