The Municipality will be publishing regular 2024 budget articles to help inform residents about the process, why it's important, legislative requirements and how their tax dollars are being spent. Subscribe to our Newsfeed to get the articles in your email.

 Process and Timeline


The annual budget process for 2024 is scheduled to begin in July of 2023, so that adequate time and attention can be given to proactive and informed budgeting. The budget schedule includes milestones for community stakeholders, Council, senior staff, and the Finance team.  We are aiming for final adoption of the budget in December of 2023 so that we can begin the new year with a budget and plan in place.

Identified stakeholders in the 2024 budget process include residents and community partners, Council, senior staff, and the municipality’s finance team. A collaborative approach to development and adoption of the budget will help us consider the priorities and planning that meet the needs of the community in a fiscally responsible manner.

To enhance communication, we are once again planning bi-weekly ‘budget spotlight’ bulletins which will provide information to the public about the budget, priorities, plans for spending, legislative requirements, and the decision-making process.

Below is a summary of the budget approval process and timeline. Residents are encouraged to participate in the 2024 budget process by watching upcoming meetings live on our website and participating in the public engagement survey launching in August 2023.  





Staff budget development 

July and August 2023

Staff to develop the draft operating and capital budget in alignment with the strategic and other long range plans.

Regular budget spotlights issued by the Municipality

Bi-weekly from August to December 2023

Features informational and background pieces on key components of the budget, process, spending and legislative requirements. To be published online, Facebook and the local paper.

Public engagement survey

August 1 to August 31, 2023

Public survey seeking input will be circulated on the website and available for pick up at municipal buildings.

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

6 p.m.

Presentation of survey results and tabling of draft operating and capital budget at a special Committee of the Whole meeting.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Senior staff to make presentations to Committee of the Whole on draft operating and capital budgets.

Thursday, October 12, 2023

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Senior staff to complete presentations to Committee of the Whole. Committee of the Whole to provide direction and identify projects or areas they would like public feedback.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

6 p.m.

Final budget presentation to Committee of the Whole. 

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

6 p.m.

Council to approve the 2024 budget.

Budget Survey

We want to hear from you! Tell us what your thoughts are on what the Municipality should do in 2024.

The Budget is one of the most important matters your elected Council will decide, and your input will help Council identify key investments and priorities and balance them with tax and fee changes.

The survey was open from August 1 to 31, 2023 and is now closed. Thank you for your feedback.

Budget Spotlight #1 - How Are My Tax Dollars Spent?

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Property taxes are collected on behalf of the Municipality and the school boards. Of your property taxes, approximately 50% funds Lower-tier Municipal services, 34% funds Upper-tier County municipal services and 16% funds the school boards.

Orange, grey and blue pie chart showing how taxes are divided up in Municipality of Mississippi Mills

The Municipality’s share of taxes pays for municipal services, such as:

  • Fire Services

  • Libraries

  • Parks maintenance

  • Recreation programs

  • Snow removal / winter maintenance

For every dollar the Municipality spends: 

  • 46% comes from Property Taxes

  • 5% comes from Grants and Subsidies

  • 18% comes for Rate Revenue (water, wastewater and stormwater)

  • 21% comes from User Fees

  • 2% comes from Reserves

  • 6% Other Revenues and Penalties

The school boards' (educational) share of taxes is directed to:

  • Upper Canada District School Board

  • Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario

  • Conseil Scholaire Catholique De District Centre/Est

  • Conseil Des Ecoles Publiques De L’Est

Priority Investment Areas

The Municipality’s capital budget allocations ensure that funds are invested to renew and build infrastructure to support residents in our community now and as we grow.  In 2023, funds were allocated as follows. 

  • Roads and Public Works – 57%

  • Water & Sewer – 26%

  • Recreation & Parks – 6%

  • All other capital projects – 11%

Budget Spotlight #2 - Mississippi Mills Childcare Services

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Formerly known as the Almonte Daycare Centre, Mississippi Mills Childcare Services marked its milestone 50th anniversary in 2022!

MMCS has a capacity of 379 children, offering full day care, as well as before and after school programs, at four locations across the municipality:

  • 208 State Street (full day care)

  • R. Tait McKenzie Public School (before and after school program)

  • Naismith Public School (before and after school program)

  • Holy Name of Mary Catholic School (full day care, before and after school program)

All MMCS programs are planned and implemented by qualified Early Childhood Educators. Specialized services, including speech therapy and behaviour development, are also offered for each child’s individual needs through ConnectWell Community Health.

The following projects are included in the draft 2024 Budget:

  • New wall shelving units to replace damaged/older units

  • Sun shade for 208 State Street building

  • Fencing to divide preschool yard at 208 State Street

For more information on Mississippi Mills Childcare Services, including registration forms, visit:  

Budget Spotlight #3 - Protective Services

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Protective Services oversees:

  • Fire and Police

  • By-law Enforcement

  • Emergency Management

  • Animal Control

Fire and Police

Police services are provided by the Ontario Provincial Police. The Police Services Act legislates policing in Ontario and authorizes the OPP to provide:

  • Crime prevention

  • Law enforcement

  • Assistance for victims of crime

  • Public order maintenance

In 2023, the OPP have responded to 1,149 calls in Mississippi Mills, surpassing the five-year average for service calls.

The Mississippi Mills Fire Department (MMFD), which includes Station 1 in Almonte and Station 2 in Pakenham has. So far in 2023, MMFD has responded to 132 calls for service. The top three incidents are:

  • False fire calls – 19

  • Property fires/explosions – 18

  • Public hazard – 16

For more on Emergency Services, visit:

By-law Enforcement

The Municipality responds on a complaint driven basis for By-law enforcement. Residents with concerns about property standards, noise, winter parking or other miscellaneous by-law infractions are encouraged to file a formal complaint with the Municipality.

So far in 2023, By-law has filled 293 complaints, including:

  • 105 complaints for parking issues
  • 82 complaints for animal control
  • 30 complaints for property standards

For more on By-law Enforcement, visit:

Emergency Management

The Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act requires Ontario Municipalities to implement a mandatory emergency management program.

Mississippi Mills has a Municipal Emergency Control Management Group which meets regularly to direct the Municipality’s response in the event of an emergency and implements the Municipality’s Emergency Response Plan.

Animal Control

The Municipality’s animal control regulations are based on the consolidated By-law 14-21. For more information on animal control services, visit:

2024 Budget

The draft 2024 Budget includes the following equipment and capital upgrades for Protective Services:

  • Replacement of the 2007 pumper at MMFD Station 2 in Pakenham - $900,000

  • 8 sets of bunker gear, boots and gloves for fire department – $36,000

  • 20 lengths of high vault hose for fire department – $22,000

  • 8 sets of water rescue suits, helmets, life jackets and rope – $30,000

Budget Spotlight #4 - Roads and Public Works

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The key services for the Roads and Public Works Department include operations, maintenance and asset management of the Municipality’s core assets, regulatory compliance and waste services. Beautification services has also transitioned to the Roads and Public Works Department.

The Municipality maintains more than 360 kilometres of roads in Mississippi Mills. The department includes 16 full-time employees, 3 seasonal and 1 casual employee.

Did you know the total replacement costs of the Municipality’s core infrastructure assets is estimated at $316.8 million? How is that broken down?

  • 39% for road network

  • 26% for wastewater infrastructure

  • 14% for water infrastructure

  • 12% for stormwater infrastructure

  • 9% for bridges and culverts

2024 Proposed Capital Projects – Roads and Public Works

The draft budget contains $6,135,385 in proposed capital projects for Roads and Public Works. Projects include:

  • $1.8 million – Renewal of paved roads (Mercer Street, Marshall Street, Adelaide Street and Union Street North)

  • $750,000 – Concession 9 Bridge renewal

  • $711,232 – Renewal of surface treated roads

  • $500,000 – Mercer Street/Marshall Street Storm Sewer Replacement

  • $410,000 – Grader replacement

  • $402,965 – Union Street North Storm Sewer replacement

  • $340,250 – Gravel maintenance in Ramsay Ward

  • $280,000 – New salt storage shed in Pakenham

  • $267,955 – Sidewalk repairs

  • $240,000 – Loader replacement

  • $150,000 – Mercer Street culvert rehabilitation

  • $134,925 – Gravel maintenance in Pakenham Ward

Winter Control

The Municipality is responsible for winter road maintenance including plowing, sanding and salting more than 360 kilometres of roadway.

The Municipality must comply with Ontario’s Minimum Maintenance Standard for all roads.

For more on winter control and parking:

Water and Wastewater

Treatment of Water and Wastewater is managed through a contract with Ontario Clean Water Agency, and the distribution of the watermains and wastewater collection system is managed and operated internally by Public Works. It’s important to note that water and wastewater costs are 100 per cent covered by user fees paid by those on municipal water/wastewater services.

Visit for more information.

2024 Proposed Capital Projects – Water and Sewer

The draft budget contains $7,396,473 in proposed capital projects for Water and Sewer. Projects include:

  • $2,534,900 – Union Street North Watermain (Main Street to Carss Street)

  • $1,373,129 – Union Street North Sanitary (Main Street to Carss Street)

  • $795,000 – County Road 29 Watermain and Looping Well 6

  • $627,595 – Union Street to Carss Street Forcemain

  • $500,000 – Mercer Street/Marshall Street Sanitary

  • $500,000 – Mercer Street/Marshall Street Watermain

  • $380,000 – Design and construction for Carss Street Watermain (Mitcheson to Union streets)