City Launches Budget Simulator, Tax Receipt and Prioritize Tools for Public Engagement Ahead of 2023 Budget Process

The City of Windsor is launching a new public engagement tool designed to help residents rank their capital priorities for the upcoming budget cycle. The new tool joins two familiar tools, similar to last year’s, that assist residents to better understand how their tax dollars are spent and to provide feedback in advance of the City’s 2023 budget process.

Prioritize is a new engagement tool that will allow residents to provide input on their priorities for the upcoming 10-year capital plan. Users are able to select the capital investment areas that are important to them and then rank their preferences. The resulting data provides a deeper insight into the priorities of residents as they relate to competing capital funding and corporate initiatives. Its user friendly design and simplicity make Prioritize an attractive addition to the overall public engagement tools offered to residents.

The Budget Balancing Simulation allows residents to adjust the City of Windsor’s 2022 Approved Property Tax Funded Operating Budget by increasing, decreasing, or maintaining spending for various city services, including Police, Fire & Emergency, Infrastructure, Payments to School Boards, Capital Projects & Reserves, Human & Health Services, Community Services, General Corporate Support, and Economic Development & Innovation. Once users make their adjustments, a coloured pie chart is updated to reflect the percentage of spending on each service. Users are able to adjust each service to a maximum of approximately 10 percent.

The Tax Receipt Generator allows residents to input their 2022 municipal property taxes and generate an estimated tax receipt that shows a breakdown of how their tax dollars are spent. This receipt can be downloaded and shared via the online portal.

Rollout of these tools comes in preparation for the upcoming 2023 budget process.

The 2022 10-year capital plan invested $1.66 billion in local infrastructure, with $510 million supporting roads, sidewalks, streetlights and more; $454 million for sewer infrastructure and flood prevention; and $167 million in spending on parks, playgrounds, and trails.

“These new engagement tools help keep residents informed and educated on where their property taxes are being spent,” said Chief Financial Officer Joe Mancina. “As we plan for the 2023 budget deliberations, this is also an excellent opportunity for residents to let us know what their spending priorities are while also experiencing the careful considerations required to ensure our budget remains balanced.”

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