Budgets & Finance

Our services impact your life every day. Each time you visit a park, borrow a book from the library, drink clean water from the tap, ride Innisfil Transit or have emergency services rush to your aid – you are using a municipal service.

On November 4, the Proposed 2021 & 2022 Service Based Budget was presented to Council. It invests in the services residents have come to depend on, while delivering a 0% blended tax increase for 2021 and a 1% blended tax increase (under inflation) for 2022

Get involved and learn more

Want to see how your tax dollars work for you? Check out these tools to get started:

  • Tax Receipt – Get a receipt for your monthly Innisfil services! Answer a few questions to estimate how much you paid.
  • Budget Allocator Tool – With this tool, you take on the role of Council! You can increase or decrease funding for each service area, shift money to other services, increase or lower taxes, or simply leave it the same. Share what you do with our budget.

Thanks to everyone who attended our virtual Ask Us: The Budget event on November 18. Missed out? Watch the recording and submit questions to the Q&A section on Get Involved Innisfil

Budget highlights

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our collaborative Community Needs Assessment identified 5 priority areas of community concern to address: mental health, access to information (connectivity, digital literacy, and access to technology), economic security, employment, and community building with safety guidelines. The following initiatives are proposed as part of the budget process to assist the community today, while re-building an even more resilient Innisfil of tomorrow.

A framework for supporting community-led neighbourhood level initiatives would help improve community connectivity, safety and civic engagement as we collectively rebuild from COVID-19.

Innisfil.ca is in need of an overhaul. A fresh look and feel will help excite and engage the community, while a more organized, thoughtful website will improve access to information, ensuring that residents can find the information they need, when they need it.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been particularly difficult for seniors as they face new levels of isolation and stress. By developing a cross-functional seniors engagement strategy, we will ensure that seniors remain engaged members of our community, and that they stay socially connected, healthy and well.

Many of the social and community services that Innisfil residents rely on do not have a physical presence within the municipality. During the Community Needs Assessment we learned that these agencies are yearning to find better ways of bringing their services to town to help support Innisfil. By collaborating with key stakeholders and actively building new partnerships, we will improve coordination and access to services to better support our community. One of the ways we’ve done this already is through our Rizzardo Health & Wellness Centre, which continues to bring new healthcare services to residents.

COVID-19 has highlighted our community’s need for more outdoor, programmable space. By developing and providing programming for all seasons, we will ensure that community members of all ages can have safe access to socialization, fitness, arts and culture and more while staying safely outdoors to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

How is my tax dollar spent?

From every property tax dollar we collect, 44Loonie broken up to reflect tax dollar breakdown cents goes to the Town of Innisfil. The rest goes to the County of Simcoe, South Simcoe Police, and the Province of Ontario (Education).

Each level is responsible for different services, but it’s your municipal government that has the highest influence on the services you use day-to-day.

 

Get to know the service based budget

The budget process includes setting targets, proposing a budget, deliberating changes, incorporating public input, and final approval:

We want you to see where your tax dollars are being spent. That’s why we prepare a service based budget, meaning that we’re looking at costs and resources by the service rather than by the department.

Advantages of service based budgeting

  • Improved Services – Taking a closer look at what we do allows us to focus on making sure we are operating efficiently and effectively.
  • Back to Basics – A Service Based Budget system means every employee and leader is asking themselves about what services they provide and where they should focus their time in order to deliver the best value.
  • Easier to Understand – A Service Based Budget is essentially another way to look at the budget – one that is more focused and simple. By creating a more accessible budget, we’re empowering Council and the community to have a better understanding of the value and cost of all the services we provide.
  • Public Accountability – A Service Based Budget involves Town employees tracking their time by the services they help deliver. All costs associated with the service are captured, uncovering the true cost in a more holistic way.

Operating

The Operating Budget is the power that keeps us running on a day-to-day basis. 

When you’re calling the Town to report a problem, pulling over for firefighters on their way to a call, or attending a Library program – this is your operating budget at work. These essential services allow us to keep up with pothole repairs, snow clearing, and park maintenance, just to name a few. The Operating Budget ensures that we have engineers, librarians, community standards officers, town planners, administrative support, financial analysts, and an overall great team of employees who strive to make Innisfil a great place for you to live.

Capital

The Capital Budget is used to request funding for new assets or for major repairs and replacement of existing assets.

Whether we’re building a new health hub, replacing a roof on a building, or repaving your road – this is your capital budget at work. From bridge repairs and road-widening to new parks and facilities, new construction, expansions, or renovations are all considered Capital Budget projects.

Typically, the Town collects the Capital Levy – money set aside for asset management so we can pay for current and future repairs and replacement of our infrastructure. Understanding the devastating impact of COVID-19 on many of our residents, we’ve postponed the collection of the Capital Levy until 2023.

Every project, initiative and goal is guided by our Community Strategic Plan, Innovative Innisfil 2030.

Every few years we update our Community Strategic Plan, and every time we do, we gather feedback from you – the people who call Innisfil home. We’ve gathered thousands of your comments over the years and are excited to be working together to build a bright and prosperous community for generations to come. This year, to ensure we are ready to face the challenges of COVID-19, Council updated our Strategic Plan once again. The pillars of Grow, Connect and Sustain guide our strategic goals and objectives.

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for assessing every property in Ontario. The Town, County and Province use these values when calculating property taxes and education taxes.

The Ontario government has announced that the 2020 Assessment Update has been postponed. They have indicated that property assessments for the 2021 property tax year will continue to be based on the fully phased-in January 1, 2016 current values. This means your property assessment for the 2021 property tax year will be the same as the 2020 tax year, unless there have been changes to your property.

For more information, please contact MPAC at 1-866-296-6722 or visit www.mpac.ca.

2021 and 2022 Capital Project Mapping Tool

Use the tool below to search for capital projects in your neighbourhood! Search by the project title itself or by an address to see the project description, justification and photos. If you’re having trouble seeing the map below, access the tool in a separate webpage