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Municipal Budget

The Municipal budget decisions establish the priority for important infrastructure projects, programs, services, and facilities we all depend on.  The budget process is a balancing act, often between competing priorities - what can we afford and providing the best possible level of services for residents.

The Treasurer is responsible for coordinating the overall budget process with active support of departmental managers, the Chief Administrative Officer and Council.  Throughout the year, the Treasurer provides regular financial reports to, and receives input from, senior staff, Committees and Council for the purpose of monitoring expenditures within the various budget areas.

The Township’s budget is a public document and you may view or receive a copy of it by contacting the Treasurer.  

2021 Budget Highlights

On March 19, 2021 the Township of Algonquin Highlands Council passed By-Law 2021-23 to adopt the estimated expenditures of $12,461,678.00 and revenues of $6,703,911.00 for the 2021 Calendar Year.   Amount to be raised in taxation to meet the 2021 estimated expenditures is $5,757,767.00. 

The Township portion of the tax rate will reflect an increase of $12.50 or 3.89% per $100,000 of Residential Assessment.  The combined tax rate, including County of Haliburton and Education requirements, results in an increase of $20.56 or 2.985% per $100,000 of Residential Assessment.

During the past year the Township faced many challenges due to the COVID pandemic which included facility closures, staff layoffs (in particular for Parks, Recreation and Trails), program cancellations for residents and training and conference cancellations for staff.  Operations continued throughout the year and many projects were completed however some needed to be deferred due to staffing vacancies and supply chain issues as a result of the pandemic and are planned to be completed in 2021.

The chart below provides a breakdown by department and/or service of the anticipated expenditures as a percentage of the total cost.

A pie chart is pictured to show the breakdown of department expenditures for the year 2021 for the Township.  General Government expenditures total $1,748,895.00 and represents 14% of the total expenditures.  Protection to Persons and Property expenditures total $2,365,440.00 and represents 19% of the total expenditures.  Transportation expenditures total $3,991,972.00 and represents 32% of the total expenditures. Airport expenditures total $496,761.00 and represents 4% of the total expenditures. Environmental services expenditures total $1,603,515.00 and represents 13% of total expenditures.  Health services expenditures total $37,000.00 and represents less than 1% of total expenditures.  Parks, Recreation and Trails expenditures total $2,024,945.00 and represents 16% of total expenditures and finally, Planning and Development expenditures total $193,150.00 and represent the final 2% of the total expenditures estimated for 2021.The following chart provides a breakdown by department and/or service of the anticipated revenues as a percentage of the total.A pie chart is pictured to show the anticipated revenues for the year 2021 for the Township.  General Government revenues total $2,258,754.00 and represents 18% of the total revenues.  Protection to Persons and Property revenues total $609,355.00 and represents 5% of the total revenues.  Transportation revenues total $1,561,919.00 and represents 12% of the total revenues. Airport revenues total $459,750.00 and represents 4% of the total revenues. Environmental services revenues total $694,650.00 and represents 6% of total revenues.  Health services revenues total $25,000.00 and represents less than 1% of total revenues.  Parks, Recreation and Trails revenues total $1,018,633.00 and represents 8% of total revenues.  Planning and Development revenues total $75,850.00 and represent 1% of the total revenues and finally, taxation revenues total $5,757,767.00 and represents 46% of the total revenues estimated for 2021.In November 2020, Council and staff met together to discuss the projects and priorities for 2021 with the intention of improving and modernizing services, increasing efficiencies and maintaining sustainability in accordance with the Township of Algonquin Highlands Strategic Vision.  These projects and priorities are outlined below.

General Government

Office Renovations Project

Initially planned for 2020 but was deferred, Township maintenance staff are renovating the basement to include three new offices to provide additional work spaces.  Part of this project will also include updating the basement and roof insulation to increase energy efficiency.

Recruitment of a Communications Coordinator

This contract position is being established to assist with meeting one of the priorities contained in the Strategic Vision of developing a communication strategy and to meet the overall goal of providing purposeful community engagement.  Part of his role will also be to modernize the township’s website to provide additional options for contactless services to our residents.

Financial Software Implementation

This project will continue from 2020, with the addition of further modules for cemetery management to modernize record keeping, and a building services module to provide a more streamlined and efficient approach to inspections.

Council Related Projects

“Bang the Table” software, which is a community engagement tool will be implemented to further enhance the strategic vision and install new audio visual equipment in the Council chambers to facilitate the continuation of virtual meetings and enhanced public engagement.

Protection to Persons and Property

Fire Services

SCBA Project – to complete phase 2 of the SCBA project to purchase new, up-to-date equipment to ensure the safety of our firefighters.

Fire Equipment – to replace the rescue with a fire vehicle to best suit the needs of the departments and redeploy equipment as needed.

Station Upgrades – to complete the renovations at Station 70 and replace the furnace at Station 60 and complete minor upgrades at Station 80.

Building Department

It is anticipated that training courses for this department will resume.  The Township is now in year three of the Septic Re-inspection Program.


This year will see the complete installation of the chair-lift at the Stanhope Library to improve accessibility and a portion of the project is being funded by the Enabling Accessibility Fund.

Transportation and Environment


Projects planned for 2021 include upgrading the fuel system, addressing the drainage around the hangars, completing crack sealing on the runway and completing upgrades to the terminal building to increase energy efficiencies.

Buildings and Maintenance

Various projects are planned for many of the facilities managed by the township such as roof replacements, redesigning entranceways to be more accessible and collaborating with the County of Haliburton on climate change projects such as the installation of electronic vehicle charging stations.


Replacement of aged equipment will continue in accordance with the vehicle replacement plan and in conjunction with other departments.  Vehicles will be redeployed to other departments to complete their lifecycles where possible.


Training and education efforts will resume along with the addition of three seasonal operators for roads and maintenance departments as we continue to strive for efficiencies.

Construction Projects

A design plan, tender and phased construction will continue on North Shore Road and surface treatment applications is planned for approximately 11kms of roadway throughout the Township.

Bridge Repairs

Minor repairs are planned for Bear Lake, Buckslide Dam and St. Peter’s bridges throughout the year.


Site reconfigurations are planned for Pine Springs and Maple Lake Landfills in an effort to increase efficiencies and create a more seamless flow for users and operators.   Site improvements, installation of new technologies and continued efforts for waste diversion through program enhancements will continue in 2021.

Parks, Recreation and Trails

Parks and Trails

Signage updates will be completed at various locations, playground surfaces will be topped up, a new swing set and property improvements are planned for Oxtongue Lake Community Centre and the development of updated software for the water trail reservation system is underway.  Due to increased usage of the trail system, additional staff will be recruited and trained to meet the growing demand.

Dorset Tower

The lightening protection system will be installed and holiday lighting will be upgraded to an LED option for more energy efficiency.

Docks and Landings

The development of an internal assessment framework is being established and the design, permits and tender prepared for the Skin Lake Landing.

Water Systems and Equipment

New outdoor taps will be installed at the Dorset Recreation Centre and the Stanhope Firefighters’ Hall to improve public access to drinking water.

Planning and Development

Zoning Bylaw

The Comprehensive Zoning By-law review will continue with the intention that public meetings will be able to take place virtually this year.

Development Charges Study

Township staff will be working with the County of Haliburton on this project.

Short Term Rentals

Council continues to work through this process and will be working with the public to collect valuable information.

Shore Road Allowance Policy

The original policy will continue to be reviewed to determine if it should include properties not located directly adjacent to shore road allowances.

2021 Budget Summary

In addition to the projects outlined above, Township staff will continue regular operations and the budget reflects these ongoing costs for all departments which include but are not limited to:

  • staff improvements through training and certifications;
  • ongoing contributions to reserves to ensure a solid financial position into the future;
  • continued review and implementation of the Asset Management Plan, passed by Council in 2020, to ensure Township assets can be replaced as forecasted and finances are in place, where possible, to fund these replacements;
  • Continued maintenance activities on Township facilities with an emphasis on energy management, conservation and increased efficiencies.

Council and the staff at Algonquin Highlands continue to strive for excellence and recommend improvements wherever possible in accordance with the Strategic Plan.   Based on the information provided, 2021 will be another busy year for the Township and the continued support of our residents is greatly appreciated.

Contact Information

Phone: 705-489-2379 Ext. 328


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