Finance Department

The Finance department is responsible for the administration of all financial matters relating to the Township. These financial matters include operating and capital budgets, accounts payable, Tax billing, accounts receivable, employee payroll, and property tax collection as well as a variety of other functions.

The Treasurer must follow the Statutory duties in the Municipal Act and is to keep Council informed about financial need and changes throughout the year, as well as overseeing the budget process.

Finance is also responsible for the Asset Management Plan which serves as a strategic and tactical financial document, ensuring the management of municipal infrastructure follows a sound asset management principal and practice.

The Township is responsible for billing and collecting property taxes annually, not only for the Township but also for the School Boards and the County of Northumberland.

When property owners do not pay their taxes in a timely fashion it can cause a strain on the finances of the Township. Payments to the County and School Boards still must be paid, even if they are not collected. It can cause a short fall in funds, which could result in projects being put on hold or cancelled. This is why tax collection is an important function in a Municipality. Tax Collection can be as simple as creating a payment plan for residents to get caught up, or as complex as property being registered for tax sale.

Financial Statements

Budget

The approval of the Township of Alnwick/Haldimand's budget is one of the most important tasks for Council each year. The budget provides a foundation to meet the public service needs of our residents and to make decisions on Township infrastructure. We use an approach that will provide high quality service, continue to grow our resources, and keep property taxes affordable.

Budgets

Where are my taxes going in 2019?

The property taxes you pay are split between the Township, the County of Northumberland and Education. The Township keeps 44%, the County receives 40% and education will receive 16%.

 pie chart showing where taxes are going

Roads Bridges and Culverts – 39.99%

  • 546 Paved Lane Kilometres
  • 313 Unpaved Lane Kilometres
  • 859 Lame Kilometres Maintained in Winter
  • 3450 Square Metres Bridges and Culverts
  • Fleet repair and fuel
  • Roadside mowing, tree and brush removal and maintenance
  • Insurance and legal costs

Fire and Emergency Services – 13.8%

  • Emergency Planning
  • Public Education Events
  • Fire occurrences, prevention, training and equipment
  • Dispatch and communications

Planning – 1.96%

  • Minor variances
  • Severances
  • All other matters associated

Protective Services – 18.9%

  • OPP Policing costs
  • Police Services Board
  • Community Policing
  • Conservation Levies
  • Animal Control
  • Livestock Claims

Governance and Administration – 11.41%

  • Council and administration
  • Financial, audits, property tax services
  • Human resources and payroll
  • Municipal elections
  • Insurance and legal costs
  • Economic Development

Parks and Recreation – 7.61%

  • Arena
  • Ball diamonds
  • Grass maintenance

Cemeteries – 0.39%

  • Maintenance of Heritage Cemeteries
  • Maintenance and services for active Cemeteries

Community Centres – 2.11%

  • 5 Community Centres

Libraries – 3.58%

Heritage – 0.10%

Roseneath Revitalization – 0.16%