Every time your street is plowed, your garbage or recycling bin is collected, you visit a park or arena, or your streetlights turn on you are witnessing your tax dollars at work. Municipal budget decisions set the funding for important infrastructure, programs, services, and facilities we depend on to maintain our quality of life.
The Finance Department of the Municipality of Bluewater has a primary responsibility to manage the municipality’s financial resources in an accountable and fiscally trustworthy manner that is legislatively compliant with provincial and federal policy decisions and statutes.
Bluewater's budget is prepared on an annual basis and is made up of the following:
Operating - The revenue in this budget is primarily from property taxes and user fees. The budget covers the daily expenses for municipal services and programs. Some examples are road maintenance and repairs, snow removal, community services and programming, by-law enforcement, and fire and police services.
Capital - The revenue in this budget can be from property taxes, reserves, development charges, debt, grants and co-share with others, such as the county or developers. The capital budget provides for the construction of new assets or rehabilitates existing ones, including roads, sewers, watermains, bridges, fleet replacements and more.
The 2022 budget meeting dates are set for January 17, 2022 and February 3, 2022.
All the below reports are available in alternative formats, please contact us and we would be happy to assist you.
The by-law to adopt the 2022 municipal tax rates is scheduled to be brought forward to the Monday, May 2 Council meeting commencing at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be held virtually.
The 2022 draft budget is available for review:
Questions may be directed to Ansberth Willert, Manager of Finance at firstname.lastname@example.org or sent to the municipal office at 14 Mill Avenue, Zurich ON N0M 2T0.
The 2021 budget was adopted by By-law 19-2021 on March 22, 2021. To view 2021 budget information please see our 2021 budget presentation and our 2021 budget overview report and department templates.
To view any other previous budget reports or presentations please contact the Finance Department and staff would be happy to provide copies.
Financial statements for the Municipality of Bluewater are compiled and audited annually according to Public Sector Accounting Board standards.
For more information on property taxes, please visit the property taxes page.