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Kawartha Lakes Council approves lowest tax increase in over a decade

On February 16, Council deliberated the 2021 Water and Wastewater Budget, Special Projects Budget and Operating Budget. Council received a record of all public questions that were submitted on the Jump In Kawartha Lakes website. In total, 630 residents visited the 2021 Budget project page, 104 residents downloaded information and 23 questions were answered.

As requested by Council, Jennifer Stover, Director of Corporate Services, provided a report with a variety of options for Council to consider in order to reduce the tax levy. Going into deliberations, the tax levy increase was at 3.84%. Options included leveraging provincial modernization funding ($300,000), allocating Safe Restart funds to cover projected lost revenues and pandemic costs ($836,000), applying the 2020 surplus to certain area rates ($365,000) and using established reserve funds ($131,000). Once all these options were applied, Council unanimously chose to further omedia article on debload with money in ATM machineffset forecasted pandemic costs using the Safe Restart funding, which in turn reduced the 2021 levy increase to 1.5%. Read the full news release.

Read how Jennifer Stover, Director of Corporate Services, explains the context of the municipality's debt to The Lindsay Advocate.

2021 Budget schedule, background presentations and meetings
Date                  Action
June 9, 2020

Committee of the Whole meeting

Council received a presentation from Jennifer Stover, Director of Corporate Services, about the financial position of the municipality in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report below details all capital projects continuing, deferred to fall 2020 and deferred to 2021.

Download the report "Update of 2019 year end, 2020 forecast, and 2021 Budget"

October 6, 2020

Budget Process and Requests

Download presentation, download report. Download Appendix A and Appendix B

November 2020

View the 2021 Capital Budget




The 2021 Capital Budget has been adopted. A final version of the 2021 Capital Budget book will be released later this year.

November 12, 2020


Tax-supported Capital Budget meeting

Electronic meeting live streamed on YouTube.

To make a deputation to Council, please refer to the website.

For agenda details, please visit the website.


Presentation on the proposed 2021 Tax Supported Capital Budget

December 1, 2020

Special Council Meeting - Capital Budget Deliberation


Decision Units

Council Question and Answer

December 11, 2020 (updated February 15, 2021)

View the 2021 Proposed Operating Budget


*Updated February 15, 2021

January 26, 2021


Special Council Meeting - 2021 Budget


The meeting is available for viewing on our YouTube Channel.
Download the presentation slides from the meeting.

Ask your questions about the budget on Jump In, Kawartha Lakes.

February 2, 2021


Special Council Meeting - Agency & Board Presentations, Department Presentations


The meeting is available for viewing on our YouTube Channel.

View presentations and download individually from the agenda.

Boards and agencies will present their 2021 budget requests to Council. In addition, the municipality’s departments will present an overview of their roles, responsibilities, goals and accomplishments to Council. There will be no deliberations at this time.

February 16, 2021


Special Council Meeting  - Budget Deliberations


Decision Units

Question from Council and Answers from Staff

Council will discuss the 2021 Operating Budget requests, the Water and Wastewater Budget and the Special Projects Budget in more detail. Staff will be available to answer any questions. Council will be deliberating the 2021 Budget at this meeting.

 2020 Adopted Budget and Business Plan

Download the 2020 Adopted Budget and Business Plan


Consolidated Financial Statements

Please contact our Treasury department for accessible versions of these documents.

 Mayor Letham on the 2019 Adopted Budget, Global TV
 2019 Budget and Business Plan

Download the 2019 Budget and Business Plan
2018 Budget and Business Plan

Download the 2018 Budget and Business Plan

Asset Management Plan

10 Year Financial Plan 2018-2027

2017 Budget and Audited Financial Statements

2016 Budget and Audited Financial Statements

For a copy of the documents listed below, please E-Mail Corporate Services or call 705-324-9411 extension 1316.

2016 budget documents


Visit the Taxes page for information on property taxes, rebates, fees, payment options and more.

View the Council and Committee Calendar for information about upcoming meetings.

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