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Brampton City Council approves 2020 Budget with record contribution to reserves and second consecutive tax freeze


Putting the community first: enhancing services, preparing for the future

BRAMPTON, ON (February 26, 2020) – At a Special Council Meeting today, the City of Brampton’s 2020 Budget was unanimously approved by Council.

This is the second consecutive year for this Term of Council to deliver a 0% property tax increase to fund the City’s Budget.

This Budget ensures that City programs and service levels are maintained or increased; levies are continued to keep the City infrastructure at sustainable levels; and that investments continue to build opportunities for economic growth and job creation. 


By the numbers 

• The approved 2020 Budget will result in a 0% property tax freeze on the City’s portion of the tax bill.  
• What will be on the 2020 tax bill? City’s 0.0% + Region’s 1.3% + School boards 0% = 1.3%  (average of $64 per household)
• The City’s net operating expenditures are increasing by $47 million. This will be funded through assessment growth, revenue growth and the stormwater charge.
• The 2020 Budget is a $977M budget, consisting of a $755M Operating budget (Staff salaries, maintenance, utilities, reserves) and a $222M Capital budget (Purchase, major repair and replacement of assets: roads, buildings, etc.).
• The City’s Budget includes the largest-ever annual contribution of $110M to the City reserves, strengthening the City’s financial position.
• The 2020 Budget includes a 1% levy for Transit and 2% levy for Infrastructure to keep assets such as buses, roads and facilities in good working condition and to ensure that City-building can continue.

Building our City – Capital Budget highlights

• $52M for bus purchases including eight electric buses
• $41M updates to roads and active transportation
• $9.8M over three years to improve sports fields, trails and playgrounds
• $2M for two new Youth Centres at Century Gardens and South Fletcher’s Recreation Centres
• $650,000 over three years for photo radar in community safety zones

Shaped by the community

The City provided a series of opportunities for the public to provide their input on the 2020 Budget, including by email, phone, and a telephone town hall that saw nearly 7,500 participants.
The City also heard from a variety of residents, organizations and stakeholders that presented to the Budget Committee.

For more details on the budget, visit the City website at www.brampton.ca/budget.

Quotes

“Council has approved a 2020 Budget that results in Brampton being Canada’s only big city to deliver a tax freeze two years in a row. The budget includes key investments through levies in Infrastructure and Transit to continue meeting the needs of a growing city. The approved budget includes the largest-ever contribution to reserves in the City’s history.”

- Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton; Chair, Budget Committee

“Our 2020 Budget process was a collaborative approach that saw 7,500 residents participate in the budget process and many residents had their say through delegations to the Budget Committee. Our Council is proud of the result that ensures the City is maximizing value for our taxpayers now and in to the future.”

- Paul Vicente, Regional Councillor, Wards 1&5; Vice-Chair, Budget Committee

“The approved 2020 Budget is focused on providing strategic investments aligned with Term of Council priorities. I want to thank staff for their diligence in ensuring this responsible budget enhances the delivery of high-quality services for our residents by demonstrating respect for taxpayers today while preparing for tomorrow.”

- David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer, City of Brampton
 



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Christine Sharma
Media Relations, City of Brampton
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