Municipal Budgeting Survey 2022

Overview of Municipal Budget    

Municipalities are required, by the Municipal Government Act, to prepare an annual operating and capital budget, which must be adopted by Council. The budget is a multi-year financial representation of the services that are delivered to the community. 

Currently, Administration presents a three-year operating plan and budget as well as a 5-year capital plan and budget to Council. The budget is updated and presented for Council approval annually. The municipal tax rate is set based on this approved budget.   

Where the Money Comes From 

A variety of revenue sources are used to pay for the wide range of services that are provided to the community. Myrnam’s major revenue sources, which are used to pay for day-to-day services, include: property taxes, utility user fees (water, sewer, and garbage fees and charges), permit/licence fees and franchise fees.   

Funding for capital projects can come from grant programs, reserve funds, and monies that have been borrowed. Decisions for use of these funding options are made by Council on an annual basis. 

Where the Money Goes 

Since municipalities are service-based organizations, a wide variety of services are provided to diverse stakeholders (residents, business owners, developers, etc.). These services include road maintenance, garbage collection, snow removal, policing, fire protection, recreation facilities and parks, water/sewer systems, etc. Many of the key services provided are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  

Each year, through the budget process, Council determines what level of funding should be allocated to each service. For example, do we want to decrease the amount we spend on snow removal (remove the snow less frequently) or do we want to increase taxes to maintain that service? 

The Challenge 

As mandated for municipal governments, by provincial legislation, the Village must balance the budget each year. Municipalities can incur debt to pay for large capital acquisitions (e.g., reservoir, roads, water, wastewater), but they cannot incur a deficit to fund day-to-day operations. This means that all anticipated spending must be covered by incoming revenue.  

The added challenge, in recent years, has been a loss in revenue due to COVID-19 restrictions and reduction in funding from other levels of government.

To balance the budget, consideration must be given regarding the level of service that is required to meet the expectations of the community. This is best achieved by gathering information from community members to better understand community expectations and inform Council’s strategic direction.  This input is used to inform Council’s budget decisions. These expectations must be balanced against realistic taxation and user-fee levels.

Your Input

The Village of Myrnam, through its Public Participation Policy, is inviting landowners (residential, commercial, and industrial) to provide their input into the 2022 budget by asking questions about current levels of service and future capital projects.

We encourage everyone to participate in the 2022 budgeting process.  To conduct the survey online click the links at the bottom of the page. Note there are two links for two surveys as it is split into two to keep the survey costs free. The first part is 8 questions and the second part is 5 questions and an opportunity to provide additional comments.

A paper version of the survey is available at the Village Office during regular business hours.  Paper versions may be mailed, or dropped off at the Village Office during business hours or in the mail slot at the front door after business hours.  Please only choose one method to submit your answers.  Survey will be closed online on January 31, 2022.  If you are utilizing the paper version, please submit the survey to the Village office no later than January 31, 2022.  Thanking you in advance for your participation. 

Survey Link 1 of 2 Only 8 questions.

Survey Link 2 of 2 Only 5 questions and 1 comment box.