Once again, the City of Ottawa is taking an interactive approach to keep residents informed about next year’s budget and to provide multiple forums for public feedback. This online simulated budget tool was launched in 2016 and will be used again this year to help you better understand how your tax dollars are spent. It’s an opportunity to express your views on how residential tax dollars will be used in the 2018 Budget and to see the impact of the decisions that City staff and Council face when developing and approving the annual budget.
The simulation is based on urban residential tax rates and does not reflect other tax classes. For more information on the different tax classes please visit our website.
Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Services, which are paid through your water bill, are excluded from this exercise.
As one component to the City’s overall budget public consultation process, feedback and results from this budget simulator tool will be provided to Council up to the time that the draft budget is tabled on 08 November 2017.
Thank you for your participation.
Enter your current property value assessment in the space below to see how your tax dollars are allocated. You can also use the default value – the average assessed value for residential homes in Ottawa.
Review the service descriptions. Use the links provided to read background information about City services. Move the sliders left or right to indicate the amount of tax dollars you feel should be allocated to each service. You can simulate a budget increase or decrease, or leave the service at the previous year’s (2017 Budget) approved amount.
The tough decisions are done. How did you do? As you respond to the questions below you'll be able to see how your decisions would impact your property taxes and the overall tax levy in the calculator bar at the top.
We welcome your comments to explain your choices or to give us general feedback.