Budget FAQ: 

What is a municipal budget?

A municipal budget is a document detailing the business plans for the operating and support service departments’ delivery of programs and services. It links the Town’s strategic priorities with business plans, budget allocations, performance indicators and measures. Achievement of the target outcomes becomes the focal point for program and service delivery, performance measurement, monitoring and reporting.

How the budget process works:

The budget process is a bit like making a financial plan for your family. Budgeting is an ongoing and dynamic process. It usually starts months before the new year.

Pre-Budget Consultation: September 12, 2023

Town staff prepares a high-level estimate of budget forecast and presents to Council

Budget Preparation:September – November 2023

Budget is drafted by Town staff

Presentation to Council: November 28, 2023

Proposed Budget & Business Plan presented to Council

Public Engagement: November 30, 2023 – January 5, 2024

Deliberations: January 16 and 17 (if necessary), 2024

This is the point in the budget process where Council balances the proposed budget expenditures to the revenues and establishes the municipal tax levy

Adoption: Council approves the budget by-law

Execution:Council approved Programs and services are delivered throughout the year. Funds are expended in the process. Periodic budget variance reports are brought forth to Council by Administration to provide financial updates on year-to-date activities as compared to budget.

How does the budget affect me?

The budget affects you in many ways! It determines how much you pay in property taxes and the quality of services the Town is able to provide to you. A budget impacts the overall well-being of your community, including infrastructure, essential services, community growth and development.

How are my property taxes calculated? 

Property taxes are calculated based on a combination of factors including the assessed value of the property as well as the Municipal, County, and Education tax rates. Municipalities are responsible to issue and collect all property taxes.

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) determines the assessed value of all properties in Ontario.

Tax rates are established through budgetary processes for applicable government jurisdictions.

In Tecumseh, applicable government jurisdictions include:

  • Municipality (Town of Tecumseh – responsible for municipal services such as municipal roads, stormwater management, parks and recreation, water and wastewater services, Fire and Police services, by-law enforcement, building inspection, urban planning and local development, garbage collection and disposal, winter control and more)
  • County (County of Essex – responsible for County services such as county roads, county libraries, homes for the aged, social services and housing, public health and land ambulance), and
  • Province of Ontario (local school boards)

The total property taxes invoiced are calculated by multiplying MPAC’s assessed value of the property by the combined tax rates (Municipal, County and Education rates). The calculation is as follows:

Total Property Tax = (Assessed Property Value) x (Municipal Rate + County Rate + Education Rate)



Budget and financial statements

Administration submits operating and lifecycle capital budgets to Council for approval on a yearly basis. This is done in accordance with the Council policy and the provisions of the Municipal Act.

An operating budget details the funds necessary to maintain the Town's day to day operations.

A lifecycle capital budget details the funds necessary to build and improve infrastructure and community projects.

To view the Town's budget documents or financial statements click on the links below. 

2024 Budget Documents

2024 Draft Business Plan & Budget

2024 Budget News Release

2023 Budget Documents 

2023 Approved Business Plan & Budget

Public Notice Memo - Approved Budget 

2023 Draft Business Plan & Budget

2022 Budget Documents

2022 Approved Business Plan and Budget - December 14 2021

November 16,2021 SCM Minutes

2022 Proposed Business Plan and Budget - November 9 2021

2022 Budget Survey Results News Release - October 25 2021

2022 Pre-Budget Consultation - September 14 2021

2022 Business Plan and Budget - News Release September 10 2021

2021 Budget Documents

2021 Approved Business Plan and Budget - January 26 2021

2021 Business Plan and Budget - News Release January 13

January 13, 2021 SCM Minutes

2021 Business Plan and Budget - News Release September 15 2020

2021 Pre-Budget Consultation - September 22 2020

2021 Budget Survey Results

2021 Proposed Business Plan and Budget - December 8 2020

2020 Budget Documents

2020 Approved Business Plan and Budget - December 10, 2019 (not compatible with Internet Explorer)

2020 Proposed Business Plan and Budget - November 19, 2019 (not compatible with Internet Explorer)

2020 Budget Survey Results

2020 Pre-Budget consultation - September 10 2019

2020 Business Plan and Budget - News Release August 29 2019

2019 Budget Documents

2019 Business plan and budget – January 17 2019

2019 Proposed budget and business plan news release – Dec 12 2018

2019 Proposed business plan and budget – Dec 11 2018

2019 Budget and business plan notice

Financial Statements

2022 Financial Statement

2021 Financial Statement

2020 Financial Statement

2019 Financial Statement

2018 Financial statement

2017 Financial statement

2016 Financial statement

Public Sector Salary Disclosure

2020 Public Sector Salary Disclosure

2021 Public Sector Salary Disclosure

2022 Public Sector Salary Disclosure