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Mayor’s Budget

2024 to 2027 Mayor’s Multi-Year Budget

On January 31, Mayor Josh Morgan released his 2024-2027 Multi-Year Budget. A new requirement under the Strong Mayor Powers and Duties as delegated by the Province of Ontario, the Mayor’s Budget must be released and made available to the public before February 1 each year. The Mayor’s Multi-Year Budget for 2024-2027 takes into consideration the Business Cases and Multi-Year Budgets released by Civic Administration on December 12, 2023. It also takes into consideration public input and feedback collected during extensive community consultation throughout December and January.

Budget Committee meetings are scheduled to take place on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the month of February, as needed. These meetings are an opportunity for Council members to put forward and debate amendments to the Mayor’s Budget.


2024 to 2027 Budget Process

Earlier in 2023, City Council approved the 2023-2027 Strategic Plan. This plan identifies the shared vision, mission and priorities that will guide the City’s next five years.

To provide a starting point to the Budget process, on December 12, 2023, at the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee, City staff released the City of London’s three draft budgets and gave a presentation related to these budgets. The City uses a four-year cycle to budget (2024 to 2027). The City has three budgets:

  • Property Tax Budget
  • Water Budget, and
  • Wastewater and Treatment Budget.

The release of the budgets represents the start of an important process. Ultimately, the budget will be approved in March. Before we get there, Council will evaluate the budgets – both the budgets to maintain the existing municipal services Londoners currently receive as well as several business cases. These business cases show:

  • impacts due to new or changed Provincial or Federal legislation that the City needs to adopt,
  • decision points to be made on new investments to aid putting the City’s strategic plan into action, and
  • a couple of opportunities for budget reductions.

In January, Budget Staff “popped up” in our community, reviewing the draft budgets and business cases to anyone wishing to know more about the Multi-Year Budget process and reviewing the business cases. Residents were encouraged to provide feedback either by contacting their Ward Councillor or completing a survey on the business cases. That survey has now closed, and we appreciate the efforts of everyone who contributed.


Draft Base Budget amendments and Revised Business Cases

On January 16, 2024, the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee received a Staff Report and Submissions from a number of Boards and Commissions containing amendments to the Draft Base Budget and Revised Business Cases. These amendments and Revised Business Cases were REFERRED to the Budget Committee deliberations on the 2024-2027 Multi-Year Budget.


Strong Mayor Powers

In June 2023, the Ontario government announced the expansion of strong mayor powers to mayors in an initial 26 municipalities, including London. Strong mayor powers came into effect in the City of London as of July 1, 2023. Under the new changes to the Municipal Act, 2001, it is the Mayor’s responsibility to prepare a budget.

How strong mayor powers affects the budget process

The Municipal Act, 2001, is a provincial statute that regulates Strong Mayor Powers in Ontario. Under Part VI.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, the Mayor of the City of London has been given special powers and duties, including the duty to prepare a budget.

The Mayor is required by the Municipal Act, 2001 and Ontario Regulation 530/22 to prepare a budget for the municipality and provide it to each member of Council and to the Clerk on or before February 1, 2024.

After the budget is presented, Council has 30 days to pass resolutions to amend the Mayor’s Budget. If there are no amendments passed within the 30-day period, the Mayor’s Budget is adopted.

If Council passes resolutions to amend the Mayor’s Budget, the Mayor can decide to veto Council’s resolutions within 10 days of the expiry of the time period for Council to pass a resolution. If the Mayor doesn’t veto any amendments within the 10-day period, the budget as amended by Council resolutions is deemed adopted.

If the Mayor vetoes Council’s resolutions to amend the Mayor’s Budget, Council can vote to override the veto within 15 days of the expiry of the time period for the Mayor to veto a resolution. In the vote to override a veto, two-thirds of the members of Council must vote to override the veto or the vote will fail. If Council overrides the Mayor’s veto, the amendment passed by Council will continue to have effect. If Council does not vote to override the Mayor’s veto, then the budget is adopted by the municipality after the expiry of the time period for Council to override the Mayor’s veto.


Provide your feedback at a Public Participation Meeting

January 29, 2024 – 4:00 p.m. at Budget Committee – Budget Public Participation Meeting #1 – COMPLETED

February 27, 2024 – 4:00 p.m. at Budget Committee – Budget Public Participation Meeting #2

You can choose to attend in-person or attend virtually via Zoom. In-person participants and audiences are welcome to attend at City Hall, 300 Dufferin Avenue, 3rd Floor Gallery for the meeting.

Zoom participants or anyone wishing to watch the meeting virtually must register in advance in order to receive the meeting link.

Learn more about how to participate in a Public Participation Meeting (PPM).


Ask questions about the budget process

Ask our Finance Supports team any questions you may have about the budget process. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and use the “Questions” tab!

Mayor’s Budget

2024 to 2027 Mayor’s Multi-Year Budget

On January 31, Mayor Josh Morgan released his 2024-2027 Multi-Year Budget. A new requirement under the Strong Mayor Powers and Duties as delegated by the Province of Ontario, the Mayor’s Budget must be released and made available to the public before February 1 each year. The Mayor’s Multi-Year Budget for 2024-2027 takes into consideration the Business Cases and Multi-Year Budgets released by Civic Administration on December 12, 2023. It also takes into consideration public input and feedback collected during extensive community consultation throughout December and January.

Budget Committee meetings are scheduled to take place on Thursdays and Fridays throughout the month of February, as needed. These meetings are an opportunity for Council members to put forward and debate amendments to the Mayor’s Budget.


2024 to 2027 Budget Process

Earlier in 2023, City Council approved the 2023-2027 Strategic Plan. This plan identifies the shared vision, mission and priorities that will guide the City’s next five years.

To provide a starting point to the Budget process, on December 12, 2023, at the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee, City staff released the City of London’s three draft budgets and gave a presentation related to these budgets. The City uses a four-year cycle to budget (2024 to 2027). The City has three budgets:

  • Property Tax Budget
  • Water Budget, and
  • Wastewater and Treatment Budget.

The release of the budgets represents the start of an important process. Ultimately, the budget will be approved in March. Before we get there, Council will evaluate the budgets – both the budgets to maintain the existing municipal services Londoners currently receive as well as several business cases. These business cases show:

  • impacts due to new or changed Provincial or Federal legislation that the City needs to adopt,
  • decision points to be made on new investments to aid putting the City’s strategic plan into action, and
  • a couple of opportunities for budget reductions.

In January, Budget Staff “popped up” in our community, reviewing the draft budgets and business cases to anyone wishing to know more about the Multi-Year Budget process and reviewing the business cases. Residents were encouraged to provide feedback either by contacting their Ward Councillor or completing a survey on the business cases. That survey has now closed, and we appreciate the efforts of everyone who contributed.


Draft Base Budget amendments and Revised Business Cases

On January 16, 2024, the Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee received a Staff Report and Submissions from a number of Boards and Commissions containing amendments to the Draft Base Budget and Revised Business Cases. These amendments and Revised Business Cases were REFERRED to the Budget Committee deliberations on the 2024-2027 Multi-Year Budget.


Strong Mayor Powers

In June 2023, the Ontario government announced the expansion of strong mayor powers to mayors in an initial 26 municipalities, including London. Strong mayor powers came into effect in the City of London as of July 1, 2023. Under the new changes to the Municipal Act, 2001, it is the Mayor’s responsibility to prepare a budget.

How strong mayor powers affects the budget process

The Municipal Act, 2001, is a provincial statute that regulates Strong Mayor Powers in Ontario. Under Part VI.1 of the Municipal Act, 2001, the Mayor of the City of London has been given special powers and duties, including the duty to prepare a budget.

The Mayor is required by the Municipal Act, 2001 and Ontario Regulation 530/22 to prepare a budget for the municipality and provide it to each member of Council and to the Clerk on or before February 1, 2024.

After the budget is presented, Council has 30 days to pass resolutions to amend the Mayor’s Budget. If there are no amendments passed within the 30-day period, the Mayor’s Budget is adopted.

If Council passes resolutions to amend the Mayor’s Budget, the Mayor can decide to veto Council’s resolutions within 10 days of the expiry of the time period for Council to pass a resolution. If the Mayor doesn’t veto any amendments within the 10-day period, the budget as amended by Council resolutions is deemed adopted.

If the Mayor vetoes Council’s resolutions to amend the Mayor’s Budget, Council can vote to override the veto within 15 days of the expiry of the time period for the Mayor to veto a resolution. In the vote to override a veto, two-thirds of the members of Council must vote to override the veto or the vote will fail. If Council overrides the Mayor’s veto, the amendment passed by Council will continue to have effect. If Council does not vote to override the Mayor’s veto, then the budget is adopted by the municipality after the expiry of the time period for Council to override the Mayor’s veto.


Provide your feedback at a Public Participation Meeting

January 29, 2024 – 4:00 p.m. at Budget Committee – Budget Public Participation Meeting #1 – COMPLETED

February 27, 2024 – 4:00 p.m. at Budget Committee – Budget Public Participation Meeting #2

You can choose to attend in-person or attend virtually via Zoom. In-person participants and audiences are welcome to attend at City Hall, 300 Dufferin Avenue, 3rd Floor Gallery for the meeting.

Zoom participants or anyone wishing to watch the meeting virtually must register in advance in order to receive the meeting link.

Learn more about how to participate in a Public Participation Meeting (PPM).


Ask questions about the budget process

Ask our Finance Supports team any questions you may have about the budget process. Scroll down to the bottom of this page and use the “Questions” tab!

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