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Council Approves 2018 Business Plan and Budget

The total increase in Mississauga’s residential property tax will be 2.74 per cent; No Council support for Port Credit Marina redevelopment

Today, Mississauga City Council approved the 2018 Business Plan and Budget. The impact of the budget is a $141 increase on the City’s portion of the property tax on an average residential property valued at $604,000, or $23.27 per $100,000 of assessment.

We heard directly from residents and business owners about their city-building priorities including investing to expand public transit; combating gridlock by improving traffic management; offering a variety of recreational programs at our many community centres; and improving housing affordability.” – Mayor Crombie

“Mississauga’s 2018 Budget is a strong financial plan that invests in our city today and for the future, while continuing to provide families with the quality local services they rely on each day,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We heard directly from residents and business owners about their city-building priorities including investing to expand public transit; combating gridlock by improving traffic management; offering a variety of recreational programs at our many community centres; and improving housing affordability. Budget 2018 also ensures local government programs and services continue to be managed well and are delivered in a cost-effective way. Budget 2018 projects savings of over $3 million of taxpayers’ hard-earned money. This means a savings of nearly $52 million over the past decade. Its further proof Mississauga is working. I want to thank our team of professional staff, my Council colleagues and our community for coming together to shape our promising future with Budget 2018.”

In 2018, Mississauga residents will see 46,000 more transit service hours and additional transit security, along with road, traffic and other infrastructure improvements. This is in addition to the services residents expect, including fire and emergency services, winter road maintenance, libraries, recreation programs and parks and forestry.

“Our business planning and budgeting activity focuses on our ongoing commitment to fiscal responsibility and continuous improvement,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “This, together with the expertise and dedication of our people, helps us build on our progress and advance our strategic priorities. We are investing our resources wisely on improvements to transit and infrastructure and ensuring excellent customer service for residents.”

Highlights of the 2018 Business Plan and Budget:

  • The total increase in Mississauga’s residential property tax will be 2.74 per cent. The increase includes 1.58 per cent for City services and 1.16 per cent for the Region of Peel.
  • The City advances on its Strategic Plan in 2018 by adding approximately $2.8 million worth of new services, including:
    • continuing the MiWay service growth and adding 46,000 service hours;
    • increasing support to culture groups and local artists;
    • redeveloping the recently-acquired Small Arms Inspection Building;
    • hosting the Ontario 55+ Summer Games;
    • providing public education about the City’s Active Transportation options to encourage the use of cycling and walking infrastructure; and
    • improving the Library’s collection to support the City’s population growth.

Stormwater

The 2018 Stormwater Program operating budget, excluding transfers to reserves, is $11.9 million. Highlights of the business plan include development of a comprehensive asset management plan, infrastructure improvements, flood relief improvement projects and community outreach activities.

The Stormwater Charge rate for 2018 is $104 per stormwater billing unit.

For more details on the City’s budget and the budgeting process, visit mississauga.ca/budget.

2018 Budget Committee Update

Today at Budget Committee, the following programs and service areas presented their 2018 Business Plan and Budget:

Mississauga Library
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $27.5 million.

Recreation
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $27 million.

Information Technology
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $24.2 million.

Facilities and Property Management
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $21.9 million.

Culture
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $8.3 million.

MiWay
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $78.7 million.

The City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee will continue deliberations on November 22 at 9 a.m. with Stormwater, follow-up reports and Budget Committee’s overall recommendation.

Council is scheduled to approve the proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budgetimmediately following Budget Committee on November 22.

The Budget Committee meeting schedule may change. Please visit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings for up-to-date information.

Now Available Online – Mississauga’s Proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budget

Residents can now view the City of Mississauga’s 2018 proposed Business Plan and Budget online at mississauga.ca/budget. It describes program and service enhancements for 2018 and how they will be financed.

Highlights 

The total proposed 2018 operating budget is $819.2 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g., transit fares and recreation fees) totalling $334.2 million. The amount that is not offset by these revenues is the net operating budget funded by property taxes.
  • The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $485 million, compared with $461.7 million in 2017. The 2018 proposed net operating budget is approximately $23.4 million more than in 2017.
  • Almost the entire proposed 2018 operating budget – approximately 95 per cent or $782 million – is targeted to keep the City’s services operating at current levels. Examples include:
    • MiWay – Ontario’s third largest municipal transit service, MiWay operates 82 routes with 499 buses; customers board a MiWay bus over 56 million times per year.
    • Fire and Emergency Services – last year answering more than 30,000 emergency calls, conducting over 9,700 fire safety inspections and providing public education on fire safety to over 27,000 residents.
    • Roads – keeping motor vehicle, pedestrian and bike traffic moving on the City’s 5,290 lane kilometres of road network; maintaining approximately 480 kilometres of multi-use trails, park paths, bicycle lanes and signed bike routes.
    • Parks and Forestry – maintaining our City’s 3,639 hectares of parkland and open space, including one million City-owned trees, 362 sports fields, 263 play sites, two marinas and 11 publicly-owned cemeteries.
    • Library Services – Includes the Central Library and 17 branch libraries that saw 4.9 million in-person visits and 6 million items loaned last year, including digital loans.
    • Recreation – providing over 175,000 hours of recreation programming such as swimming, fitness, skating and more each year; and accommodating 12.6 million visits annually to Recreation facilities, including 11 community centres.
  • New services account for less than one per cent of the proposed budget, or about $2.8 million. Transit improvements account for 60 per cent of this amount ($1.7 million). As the City advances its strategic plan, new services include:
    • continuing planned MiWay service growth of three per cent per year, adding 46,000 service hours and additional transit security;
    • increasing support to culture groups and local artists to provide enhanced  services that reach more people;
    • redeveloping the recently acquired Small Arms Inspection Building;
    • hosting the Ontario 55+ Summer Games;
    • providing public education about the City’s Active Transportation options to encourage the use of cycling and walking infrastructure; and
    • improving the Library’s collection to support the City’s population growth
  • The proposed overall tax impact on residents is a 2.81 per cent increase on the 2018 residential property tax bill. Of this, 1.65 per cent is for the City’s services, and 1.16 per cent for Region of Peel services.
  • For the owners of an average, detached, single-family home in Mississauga (value $604,000), a 2.81 per cent overall tax increase comes to $144, before any phased-in assessment change.
Starting on November 20, the City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee will begin deliberations on the proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budget. The City has set aside November 21, 27, 28 and 29 to continue the discussions. Residents can address the Budget Committee through deputation by contacting the City Clerk’s Office. Council is expected to approve the proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budget on December 13.
The Budget Committee meeting schedule may change. Please visit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings for up-to-date information.
There are many ways to get involved and have your say on the City’s proposed 2018 Budget:

Changes to Animal Care and Control By-law Improve Animal Welfare

Mississauga City Council approved amendments to the Animal Care and Control By-law at today’s meeting. These By-law changes formally recognize not-for-profit animal rescue organizations and provide clarity regarding trap, neuter, return (TNR) programs that manage feral cat populations.

“These changes allow the City’s Animal Services to partner with approved organizations who operate rescue and foster care for homeless animals,” said Sam Rogers, Director of Enforcement. “They also outline criteria for approving animal rescue organizations and the regulation of TNR programs. This ensures the welfare of the animals and that property standards are maintained at all times.”

The following changes are required in order to allow not-for-profit animal rescue organizations to operate legally:

• Exemption from requiring a pet licence for foster pets in their care
• Exemption to allow them to have more than four pets in their care
• Exemption from the at-large restriction for cats that are part of a City-approved TNR program

In addition, changes also include prohibiting providing false information when surrendering an animal to the Mississauga Animal Services shelter.

Learn more about the Animal Care Control By-law and the City’s Animal Services by visiting mypetmississauga.ca.