Updated - New City of Windsor Operating Budget Review Committee to Conduct Preliminary Review of 2023 Municipal Budget Estimates

A City Council Operating Budget Review Committee (OBRC) will go through administration’s preliminary 2023 budget estimates starting January 23, 2023. Today, the documentation required to prepare for the upcoming committee review sessions has been posted for City Council and public review.

The formation of this new working committee came at the suggestion of City Council members during earlier discussions surrounding the 2023 budget process. Council members expressed a desire to introduce a participatory budget process into the operating budget cycle that would allow Council an early look at the budget pressures and estimates that are being considered by administration. The work of the OBRC allows for the provision of further guidance by the committee on the proposed 2023 municipal budget in advance of Council budget deliberations, currently set for April 2023.

The committee review is scheduled for Monday, January 23, through Thursday, January 26, 2023, from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Members of the Corporate Leadership Team will be in attendance, and departmental and financial staff will come and go based on a pre-set departmental schedule. Materials, including preliminary budget estimates and supporting department-based budget documents, that will inform the OBRC’s work and feed into the April 2023 municipal budget process can be found online.

Members of the public are invited to provide written comments and questions for the OBRC’s review by contacting clerks@citywindsor.ca via email. The deadline for written submissions is 12 p.m., January 20, 2023. In-person delegations will be welcome during full budget deliberations in April.

Additionally, in preparation for the 2023 municipal budget, three separate public engagement tools were rolled out to the public in November 2022 in order to assist in gathering input from residents. The ‘Prioritize,’ ‘Budget Balancing Simulation’ and ‘Tax Receipt Generator’ tools helped residents better understand how their tax dollars are spent and provide feedback in advance of the 2023 budget deliberations.

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