Ottawa’s residents now know the City’s forecasted deficit is $192 million for 2020 due to COVID-19. That is the equivalent to a 12 percent property tax increase.

City Staff are recommending that $82 million of infrastructure projects be delayed to offset the City’s loss.

The Mayor has asked Councillors to submit ideas to find savings and efficiencies, and I need your help. Please take a few minutes to answer the 5 questions below.

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* 1. Should the City reduce its expenses in 2021 to offset its losses in 2020?

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* 2. Should the City undertake a full review of each City Department to find savings?

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* 3. Which City programs and services should be maintained in the 2021 budget? Click all that apply.

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* 4. Should the City increase property taxes, reduce property taxes, or keep property taxes at the 2020 levels?

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* 5. If you have any additional comments or specific information you would like to provide, please provide them here.

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