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2.9 per cent increase in property tax for Brampton


​BRAMPTON, ON: After extensive public engagement and many days of budget deliberations over the last six months, last night Brampton City Council unanimously approved a budget that will result in an overall property tax increase of 2.9 per cent in 2016. This includes the Region’s tax increase of 0.7 per cent and no tax increase by the Province (school boards). The impact of this budget on property tax in 2016 translates into an increase of approximately $124 for an average residential home assessed at $398,000.  

Budget 2016 - 2018 highlights:

The Budget 2016 theme, “moving the city forward”, was developed based on four priorities identified in the City’s 2016 – 2018 Strategic Plan. Some of the budget highlights in relation to the Strategic Plan include:

Good Government: 
• A three-year rolling budget to provide more accountability, transparency, predictability and stability
• New Service Brampton online services
• Long-term Financial Master Plan

Smart Growth:
• Infrastructure levy to help maintain and grow assets in a financially sustainable manner
• Economic Development Master Plan
• Brampton Entrepreneur Centre and MakerSpace Brampton partnership expansion

Move and Connect: 
• Brampton Transit and Züm service enhancements
• Queen Street Transit Master Plan
• Transportation Master Plan implementation

Strong Communities:
• Additional support for seniors for snow clearing
• Host Canada 55+ Games
• Commitment to community safety through investment in fire and emergency services
• Parks and Recreation Master Plan
• New Community Grant program

2015 Financial awards and recognition:

Standard and Poor’s
• Brampton’s current rating: AAA (stable) up from AAA (negative)

C.D. Howe Institute – Municipal Budget Reports
 Brampton’s current rating: B- up from D

Government Finance Officers’ Association (GFOA)
• Brampton received Canadian Award for Financial Reporting Award for thirteen consecutive years

Frontier Centre for Public Policy’s report Local Government Performance Index, 8th Edition (LPGI)
 Brampton ranked second in transparent financial reporting among top 100 cities in Canada

Quotes
Mayor Linda Jeffrey: “Our budget is the result of months of consultation with our residents, discipline on the part of Council and good city management practices.  City staff delivered a budget that is a long-term, sustainable and fiscally responsible approach that meets the needs of our rapidly growing city.  Council has addressed the needs of our residents and is maintaining the growth of our reserves while respecting tax-payers.  Brampton continues to build on the momentum of our recent budgeting and financing improvements and we will work together to build a better Brampton.”

Marilyn Ball, Acting Chief Administrative Officer: “For the first time we have a multi-year budget and throughout the process we connected with our residents for feedback.  Keeping in mind the priorities identified in our 2016-2018 Strategic Plan, Budget 2016 strikes a healthy balance between maintaining our services and programs and making strategic investments in infrastructure and community priorities.”

About Brampton: The ninth-largest city in Canada, Brampton celebrates a diverse population that represents people from 209 distinct ethnic backgrounds who speak 89 different languages. Brampton residents and visitors have access to state-of-the-art recreation facilities and one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada. Opened in 2007, Brampton Civic Hospital is part of the William Osler Health System, which is one of the largest community hospitals in Canada. For more information, visit www.brampton.ca or follow @CityBrampton on Twitter.

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Natalie Stogdill
Media Coordinator
City of Brampton
905.874.3654 | natalie.stogdill@brampton.ca