2009 Budget FAQs Body Content What are the key elements of the City of Brampton’s 2009 budget?The total gross expenditure for the 2009 budget is $400.8 million. Throughout the year, City Council has established parameters for the 2009 Budget Process. These include: • Insulating taxpayers to the extent possible from the economic downturn that is impacting all levels of government; • Focusing funding on programs and services that meet the expectations of residents; and • Ensuring value for money in the provision of all City services. In October, Council confirmed its service levels and program priorities and directed staff to: • Remain focused on achieving Council goals and priorities; • Acknowledge taxpayers’ concerns by insulating them as much as possible from cyclical economic impacts; • Be vigilant in managing controllable costs and discretionary spending; and • Ensure building blocks are in place for the future. Challenged with an economic downturn and rising costs, the City of Brampton’s 2009 budget will maintain current levels for core services, meet taxpayers’ expectation of value for money, and continue with infrastructure repair and renewal.What will the 2009 budget address?Through this budget, the City will maintain 3,100 lane kilometres of roads, 4,149 acres of parkland (including sports fields, playgrounds, boulevards and buffers, pathways and trails, flowers and shrub beds), 138 facilities, 11 fire stations, implementing enhanced transit service bringing 28 new buses into service, and enhanced winter snow clearing/snow removal services.What additional priorities does this budget support?In addition to maintaining existing service levels, additional funds have been allocated to address public priorities such as preserving heritage; ensuring community safety; stimulating the local economy; and providing for enhancements to winter snow removal and transit services. To that end, the following 2009 Budget priority list was developed: • Library initiatives – BramEast and BramWest • Preserve historic Alderlea • Downtown Revitalization (sidewalk, intersections, streetscape improvements, etc) • New Chinguacousy Rd/Queen St. Community Park (outdoor programs) • Completion of Cassie Campbell and Century Garden (outdoor facilities) • Fire Training Tower Replacement • Bus replacements and refurbishments • Works Yards – planning and land acquisition • Fleet replacement • Completion of FCCC core infrastructure and servicing • Additional Parks and Recreation improvementsWhat impact will this budget have on a homeowner?The total gross expenditure for the 2009 budget is $400.8 million. There are three components (Region, City and Education) to the overall tax bill of which the City of Brampton’s portion is 38.9%. For 2009, the City requires a budget increase of approximately 6.4% over 2008 levels to meet its operating and capital commitments. This means that, based on our percentage of the overall tax bill (38.9%), the City of Brampton is increasing taxes by approximately 2.5% - which translates into approximately $88 for an average house valued at $288,000. Therefore, combined with the proposed Regional tax rate of 1.7%, property taxes for a Brampton resident will increase a total of 4.2%, subject to any additional adjustments related to the education tax rate. Where has infrastructure funding been allocated?The City of Brampton received one-time funding from Investing in Ontario of $16.2 million for infrastructure repair and renewal. This will allow Brampton to redirect our scarce resources to other Council priorities for 2009.