Investments being made based on feedback received from residents
Brampton, ON – Brampton City Council has approved a budget that will result in an overall property tax increase of 2.7 per cent in 2018. This includes tax increases by the City, Region of Peel and the Province (school boards).
The impact of this budget on property tax in 2018 translates into an annual increase of approximately $126 for an average residential home assessed at $471,000.
2018-2020 Budget Highlights
• Enhancing core services to offer increased value to residents and businesses:
o Transit: 31 new buses to serve growth areas; 34 new Züm buses to expand bus rapid transit and improve connections to regional transit
o Fire: New fire trucks and firefighters; a fully centralized fire campus, including fire station, training facility, emergency operations centre and a new headquarters
o Recreation: Launch STEM (Engineering and Robotic) recreation programs for ages 3 to 14; expand and improve community centres
o Secondary Unit Task Force: Dedicated team to focus on illegal second unit housing, lodging houses, and group homes
o Interim Library Branch: Expand services with a new BramWest (Embleton) interim location in advance of the combined facility community centre
• Advancing Brampton’s Strategic Priorities:
o University: Investment of up to $50 million over 10 years for a university and up to $100 million for a joint-use centre for education, innovation and collaboration, bringing transformative benefits to the entire community.
o Regional Connections: Expand Züm to improve connectivity to regional transit services such as Malton GO Station near Pearson Airport.
o Urban Centres: A reimagined downtown with a new streetscape that will bring pedestrians and cyclists together in a safe and a sustainable manner.
• Final instalment of the Hospital Levy will be reflected in the 2018 property tax bill. Due to investment earnings on previous amounts collected, taxpayers will see a lesser amount than originally planned.
• A continued two per cent increase in infrastructure levy in order to maintain roads, bridges, community centres and other assets in state of good repair.
Brampton is investing for long-term impact. This budget underlines that City Council is committed to enhancing services that matter to our citizens, such as transit, fire safety and recreation, while also laying the foundation for key strategic initiatives including a new university and enhancing regional transit connections. This budget focuses on improving quality of living and securing a stronger future for our youth.
- Mayor Linda Jeffrey
The Budget process has been open, transparent and committed to delivering value to taxpayers. Year-long customer feedback has been pivotal in building the 2018-2020 Budget. We hear from our community through multiple channels every day, from calls and queries that come in to our staff, to interactions at events, surveys and other engagement opportunities. We thank the community for helping shape key priorities that are reflected in this Budget.
- Regional Councillor Grant Gibson, Budget Committee Chair
The organizational transformation in the last year and a half has led to the City becoming more agile, capable of doing more with less. Unprecedented teamwork coupled with a strong service culture has helped deliver a lower operating cost on base services. The City is committed to building a future ready Brampton.
- Harry Schlange, Chief Administrative Officer
Brampton is thinking bigger. We are a future ready organization with a sharp focus. We know our community’s growth, youth and diversity set us apart. We sit at the centre of Canada’s innovation super corridor, encouraging investment and growing our global success. We are building vibrant urban centres that ignite opportunity and instill pride in the people who live and work here. We are moving Brampton forward to be a connected city that is innovative, inclusive and bold. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Learn more at www.brampton.ca.
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