Your tax dollars go toward City services and infrastructure such as:

  • plowing roads, paths and sidewalks in the winter
  • collecting garbage and maintaining the landfill
  • picking up and processing recyclable items from your blue boxes
  • building and operating the sanitary sewer and sewage treatment systems to protect public health and the environment
  • providing social services
  • supporting affordable housing
  • running recreation programs
  • implementing sustainability initiatives
  • Peterborough Transit
  • Peterborough Police Service, Peterborough Fire Services, and Peterborough Paramedics

Every day, you use community services or infrastructure in some way.

Through direction provided by City Council, the City drafts a budget that reflects community priorities, expected service levels and legislated responsibilities.

The draft 2022 Budget includes $298.2 million in spending on municipal services and $93.8 million in capital investments.

Council approved the City's 2022 Budget on Monday, December 13, 2021.

Breakdown of what a residential taxpayer pays (2022 Budget)

 What a typical residential taxpayer pays for municipal services (2022 Budget)

What a residential taxpayer pays for municipal services

Based on $100,000 of residential property assessment

Services and programsTaxesPercentage of total municipal portion
City Council $5.75 0.43%

Office of the Chief Administrative Officer

$4.73 0.35% 
Fire Services $141.50 10.59% 
Emergency Management $4.08 0.31% 
Communication Services $4.90 0.37% 
City Clerk's Office $6.54 0.49% 
Financial Services $17.02 1.27% 
Facilities Management $9.07 0.68% 
Human Resources $9.58 0.72% 
Corporate Information Services $29.56 2.21% 
Facilities and Planning Initiatives $1.19 0.09% 
Legal Services $4.09 0.31% 
Office of Infrastructure and Planning Services $2.26 0.17% 
Planning $16.18 1.21% 
Peterborough Airport $18.70 1.40%
Building Inspection and Protective Services $5.29 0.4% 
Engineering, Construction and Public Works $100.69 7.53% 
Infrastructure Management $11.14 0.83% 
Transportation $102.84 7.69% 
Environmental Services $53.89 4.03% 
Community Services Administration $16.76 1.25% 
Recreation $8.52 0.64% 
Arts, Culture and Heritage $42.46 3.18% 
Arenas $18.53  1.39% 
Social Services $94.78  7.09% 
Capital financing costs $249.94 18.7% 
Property taxation costs $26.89 2.01% 
Other expenditures related to capital levy and financing $10.12 0.76% 
Contingency $2.84 0.21% 
Police Services $227.12 16.99% 
Fairhaven long-term care $12.99 0.97% 
Peterborough Paramedics $44.50 3.33% 
Otonabee Conservation $6.71 0.5% 
Primary Health Care Services Peterborough $0.17 0.01% 
Peterborough Public Health $10.96 0.82% 
Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development $8.24 0.62% 
Peterborough Humane Society $3.64 0.27% 
Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster $1.14 0.09%
Downtown Business Improvement Area $1.22 0.09% 
Total municipal property taxes per $100,000 of residential property assessment $1,336.53 100%

Online property tax calculator

Use our online property tax calculator to see a breakdown of your residential property taxes and where your tax dollars go. The calculator shows 2021 property tax amounts and the 2021 breakdown of where tax dollars go. Properties with commercial or other tax class components will get inaccurate results using this calculator.

Use our online property tax calculator

Services - 2022 Budget operating spending

2022 Budget pie chart showing expenditure by department

 

Infrastructure - 2022 Budget capital spending

2022 Budget pie chart showing capital expenditures by department

The Draft 2022 Budget includes spending $93.8 million in capital spending

Every year, there are more capital projects and required infrastructure work that are needed than can be funded through the available capital budget. Even with help from the province and federal government, many projects that are needed or wanted are delayed to fit infrastructure spending within the available budget.

 20 largest 2022 capital projects (2022 Budget)
 
20 largest 2022 capital projects
Project description2022 amountTotal project cost(including previously budgeted amount and estimated future allocations)
New Arena and Aquatics Complex $12.5 million  $90 million 
Fire Station #2 $7.3 million  $11 million 
Septage receiving replacement $5.8 million  $5.8 million 
Effluent disinfection revitalization and expansion $5 million  $10.75 million
Peterborough landfill site $4.475 million  $24.9 million 
Pavement preservation program $4.45 million  $50.55 million 
Replace digester #1 and #2 $4.1 million  $15.5 million 
Healthy Planet Arena roof and HVAC replacement $1.9 million  $27.7 million 
Source separated organics program implementation $1.7 million  $15.3 million 
Parkhill Road reconstruction (George Street to Rubidge Street) $1.55 million  $3.1 million 
Simcoe Street parking garage rehabilitation $1.5 million  $3.8 million 
Simcoe Street culvert at parking garage $1.5 million  $3 million 
Transit terminal upgrades $1.5 million  $1.5 million 
Various police capital projects $1.42 million  $5.29 million 
CCTV inspection of pipes $1.35 million  $22 million 
Sidewalk reconstruction $1.3 million  $15 million 
Road surface pavement program $1.3 million  $9.3 million 
Fleet replacement and equipment $1.27 million  $21 million
Incentives for affordable housing $1.2 million $12 million
Lansdowne Street West (Spillsbury Drive to Clonsilla Avenue) $1.2 million $7 million

Purchasing

The City of Peterborough abides by our Procurement By-Law when we procure goods and services. Our bids and tenders process complies with this by-law.