Each year, Council determines what levels of funding for services should come from the various sources of revenue.

Budget meetings are held between October and April each year. Typically, the tax supported capital budget and rate budgets are presented first, followed by the tax supported operating budget later in the cycle.

Each Department presents their own tax operating budget and business plans.

During this process, Councillors have an opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification from staff. Public delegations appear before Council as well.

Meetings are also held to focus on budgets submitted from related boards, agencies and committees requiring Council approval. This includes Hamilton Police Services, Hamilton Public Library, various conservation authorities and volunteer sub-committees.

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