The 2021 Town of Erin Budget Guidelines Survey
We want to hear from you on how you like your taxes spent. 
As part of the 2021 budget process, the Town of Erin is conducting a public survey to gather input from residents. Thank you for taking the time to help guide the 2021 Budget Process. The survey will take approximately 12 minutes to complete and responses are anonymous.
The information on this form is collected under the authority of Section 10, Municipal Act, 2001. The information will only be used to inform the Town of Erin 2021 Budget Process and is subject to the provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, 1990. For questions about this survey, please contact us by calling 519.855.4407 or emailing communications@erin.ca. 
Please start the survey by answering a few questions about yourself. 

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* 1. Are you a resident in the Town of Erin?

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* 2. Please select which area you live in:

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* 3. Please select your age range:

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* 4. COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on local economies. Please select which statement most reflects your expectation for the upcoming year:

In the residential area within the Town of Erin, the average property assessment is $554,685. Of that amount, 58% goes to the County of Wellington and 14% goes to the local school boards. This leaves the Town with 28%, averaging at $1,671.73 per household.
When answering the following questions, please refer to the below pie chart, which is a full breakdown of how your 2020 property taxes were allocated.

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* 5. What do you think should be the top spending or investment priority for the Town? (Select your top 3 choices):

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* 6. What additional services would you add or change?

The Town of Erin's Road Department is responsible for the planning, design, construction, cleaning, repair work, brushing, weed control and snow removal for all municipally owned roads.

Roughly 32% of Town collected taxes is allocated to support the Town's Road Network, based on the average property assessment each household pay on average $530.93 for road service.

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* 7. Where do you think the top capital spending areas should be for the Town? (Select your top 4 choices):

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* 8. Are you satisfied with the current snow removal level of service on sidewalks within the Town of Erin?

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* 9. The Town of Erin initiated an online Pothole reporting system. Are you satisfied with this method of pothole reporting?

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* 10. The Town of Erin currently completes weekly grass cutting and garbage pick-up in parks and public areas. Are you satisfied with this level of service? 

The Town of Erin Parks and Recreation program provides residents with the facilities for active living. Amenities include; indoor community centres with access to arenas, community rooms and a theatre. The Town also operates a variety of baseball diamonds and soccer fields. 
The Parks and Recreation program operate on a mix of user fees and allocated taxes. Based on the average property assessment 9% of homeowners property taxes that are received by the Town are allocated to Recreation. 

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* 11. Would you like to see enhancements to our Playgrounds? Which ones would you like to see improved?

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* 12. Would you like to see improvements to the Skate Park at Erin Community Centre?

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* 13. The Town is looking to offer user-pay as you play drop-in recreational activities. Which activities would you like to see offered? (Select all that apply):

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* 14. The recently adopted Parks, Recreation & Culture Master Plan identified the possibility of investing in a multi-use/multi-sport recreational hub (to accommodate growth projections) in the Town of Erin. Would you be in favour of the Town conducting a feasibility study and business plan in order to establish the size, location of the facility and initiate a funding strategy?

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* 15. In 2019, the Town of Erin launched a new summer camp program. Would you like to see an increase in the number of weeks offered?

The Town of Erin Finance Department is responsible for the coordination and management of the financial affairs of the municipality in accordance with the applicable municipal by-laws and provincial legislation. 
The Town of Erin Economic Development program works on retaining and supporting businesses in Town and attracting new businesses to open.

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* 16. Do you feel that there should be more funding allocated to support the integration of innovation at a centralized hub to drive business creation, growth and scaling for early stage ventures? The hub would offer shared office space, broadband access and available meeting and seminar space. 

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* 17. Community Improvement Plans allow municipalities to provide tax assistance, grants or loans to assist and encourage rehabilitation initiatives, business expansions and/or stimulate economic development. 
The Town of Erin currently administers $40,000 to this initiative. In 2019, 8 businesses were successful recipients of the CIP funding.  Do you think this should:

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* 18. The Town of Erin's By-Law Enforcement department currently employs one part-time officer and responds to complaints on a request basis. 
Are  you satisfied with the level of service that is provided by the By-Law Enforcement department?

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* 19. The Town of Erin Fire & Emergency Services department responds to an average of 400 calls per year. In addition to responding to emergency calls, the department conducts fire and life safety education to residents and are active participants in community events. 
How satisfied are you with the level of public engagement and safety programs provided by the Town of Erin Fire & Emergency Services department? (1 being dissatisfied and 5 being very satisfied):

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* 20. The Town of Erin will be developing a community-wide Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in 2021, how would you like to get involved in the strategy? (check all that apply):

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* 21. The Town is continuing to work to enhance the level of communication between staff, residents and Council. Please indicate how satisfied you are with the Town's current engagement levels (1 being dissatisfied and 5 being very satisfied):

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* 22. Please indicate how you currently receive Town of Erin news and updates. (Select all that apply):

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* 23. The Town of Erin recently hosted Telephone Town Halls to connect directly to residents over the phone. Did you find these Town Halls to be helpful?

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* 24. How satisfied are you with the quality of the services and programs provided by the Town of Erin? (1 being dissatisfied and 5 being very satisfied):

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* 25. Please rate the value you think you receive from your municipal tax dollars (1 being dissatisfied and 5 being very satisfied):

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* 26. The Town will continue to engage with businesses and residents during the 2021 Budget Process, please let us know how you would like to continue to participate (select all that apply):

Let's Stay Connected!


Would you like to subscribe to Erin Connection, the Town of Erin's monthly e-newsletter? If yes, please fill-out the next couple of questions. In not, please hit submit at the bottom of the page.

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* 27. By filling out the next questions you are acknowledging that you would like to be subscribed to Erin Connection.

Thank you for taking the time to participate in the 2021 Budget Process. 
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