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Budget 101: A Complete Guide to Clarington's Budget Process

Budget 101


Understanding Municipal Budgets can be daunting. What is operating versus capital? What do I need to know? And how does all of this impact my taxes and my family?

You've come to the right place. We have drawn up a quick guide to the Municipal budget process. Everything you need to know is now at your fingertips.

Here are some of the things you need to review:

Key dates

Budget Coffee Houses

Join us for coffee and an informal gathering to review and learn about Clarington’s 2020 proposed budget.

  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019
    Newcastle Public Library from 6 to 7:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019
    Municipal Administrative Centre, Council Chambers from 6 to 7:45 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 17, 2019
    South Courtice Arena from 6 to 7:45 p.m.

Budget meetings

  • Friday, October 25, 2019
    2020 current and capital budgets due
  • Friday, November 8, 2019
    2021-2024 current and capital forecasts due
  • November 11 to 15, 2019
    Department heads meet with CAO and Treasurer
  • Friday, December 6, 2019
    Half-day budget workshops for department heads and Council
  • Friday, January 10, 2020
    External agency budget presentations to Council
  • Monday, January 13, 2020
    Special budget General Government Committee meeting
  • Monday, January 20, 2020
    Budget deliberations Council Meeting
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