2021 City Budget

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Setting collective goals


The City relies on property tax dollars to provide the services, facilities, programs and infrastructure that contribute to your quality of life. As a member of the community, it’s important that you feel informed about the City of Kingston budget, and that you have an opportunity to share your input!

Engage with us

Over the coming weeks, the City will poll the community to start to shape the information we provide and how we engage on the budget. This will be followed by a survey that will seek more detailed input on the City’s budgets.

The City Treasurer will also host two virtual open houses to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about how the City’s budgets are developed, the unique challenges encountered when developing municipal budgets, and our roadmap to an open budget process.

Did you know the City is committed to an ongoing open budgeting process? Learn more about our plan for achieving this, and how this foundational step will help us get there.


About the City's Budget


Setting collective goals


The City relies on property tax dollars to provide the services, facilities, programs and infrastructure that contribute to your quality of life. As a member of the community, it’s important that you feel informed about the City of Kingston budget, and that you have an opportunity to share your input!

Engage with us

Over the coming weeks, the City will poll the community to start to shape the information we provide and how we engage on the budget. This will be followed by a survey that will seek more detailed input on the City’s budgets.

The City Treasurer will also host two virtual open houses to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about how the City’s budgets are developed, the unique challenges encountered when developing municipal budgets, and our roadmap to an open budget process.

Did you know the City is committed to an ongoing open budgeting process? Learn more about our plan for achieving this, and how this foundational step will help us get there.


About the City's Budget


  • City seeks your input on budget priorities

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    20 Oct 2020

    The City of Kingston is seeking resident input on its budget priorities as part of its open budget engagement process.

    Read the complete news release (Oct. 19, 2020).

  • Poll - Week 1

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    07 Oct 2020

    Thank you to everyone who completed our first weekly poll, confirming what aspects of the City’s budgets you’re most interested in learning more about. Fifty-seven per cent of respondents indicated they are most interested in the City’s operating budget!

    You can learn more about the operating budget by watching this video. You may also find more detailed information by visiting CityofKingston.ca/Budget to review the 2020 budgets that were passed on Dec. 17, 2019!

  • Poll - Week 2

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    12 Oct 2020

    Thank you to all who completed our second poll. Most participants indicated that they were somewhat to not at all familiar with City operating and capital budgets. Here’s a short video with more information: https://youtu.be/7sf8uAWQ10g

    In November, we'll host two virtual open houses where we will provide an overview of our City budgets. Dates to be posted soon!

  • A conversation about the City's finances during COVID-19

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    07 Oct 2020

    Chief Financial Officer and City Treasurer, Desiree Kennedy, talks to Jimmy Hassan, host of Community Voices on YourTV, about the City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the pandemic's financial cost, and some of the ways the City is bridging the financial gap. Watch their conversation. Air date: Sept. 26, 2020.

  • Kicking off engagement

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    30 Sep 2020

    Do you know how your City’s budget gets spent? The City is hosting a series of weekly polls to build a better understanding of which budget topics are of most interest to Kingstonians.

    “As a member of the community, it’s important that you feel informed about the City’s budget, and that you have an opportunity to share your input,” says Desiree Kennedy, the City’s Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer. “These polls will help us introduce these topics and hone our approach toward a made-in-Kingston open budgeting process.”

    Read the full news release (Issued Sept. 28, 2020)