1.3% property tax increase represents an investment in Halton's sustainability

1.3% property tax increase represents an investment in Halton's sustainability

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Release Date: Dec 20, 2007

At its meeting on Wednesday, December 19, Halton Regional Council approved the 2008 Budget and Business Plan. The Budget results in a property tax reduction of 0.6 per cent for Regional programs and services, and an increase of 5.3 per cent for Police services, for a combined property tax increase of 1.3 per cent.

"Together, and in the most transparent way, we are investing in Halton's continued high quality of life so this will remain a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire," said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr. "I would like to congratulate staff for preparing the 2008 Budget with such a low property tax increase to taxpayers."

For a typical household having a current value assessment (cva) of $300,000, the property tax impact is a reduction of $5.00 for Regional services and an increase of $21.54 for Police services, for a combined increase of $16.54 for a typical household, or $5.52 per $100,000 of cva.  

The 2008 Budget has three key themes:

  • Investing in Infrastructure Requirements: This theme focuses on funding Regional infrastructure requirements such as the transportation program and the water and wastewater program.
  • Towards Sustainability: This theme focuses on initiatives that contribute to Halton’s long-term sustainability, such as increased waste diversion, a Sustainability Fund, planning and development services to support Official Plan objectives, and support for Conservation Authorities.
  • Committing to Safe and Healthy Communities: This theme focuses on programs and services to protect and enhance the health and safety of the community, including Police services, Public Health programs, Emergency Medical Services and subsidized child care spaces.  

The 2008 Budget addresses infrastructure and service requirements outlined in the Fairness for Halton campaign and the priorities in Halton Region’s 2007-2010 Strategic Plan. The Fairness for Halton campaign was established to address the fact that Halton Region cannot accommodate the growth targets specified in the Province’s Places to Grow Plan without adequate financial tools and funding commitments from the Ontario government for municipal infrastructure and social service needs.  

“The Fairness for Halton campaign has had some successes, including the elimination of GTA Pooling, the uploading of Ontario Drug Benefit payments, and progress towards a 50/50 split for Emergency Medical Services funding,” continued Chair Carr. “However, there is so much more to be done, and we need senior levels of government to continue to address the needs of Halton and other municipalities.”  

The 2008 Rate Supported Budget for water and wastewater services requires an increase of 6.5 per cent, which reflects growth pressures, legislative compliance and business enhancements. The typical household’s annual combined water and wastewater bill will increase by approximately $43.98 (assuming water consumption of 300 m3/year).  

For more information about the 2008 Budget, visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca or call 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-442-5866 (1-866-4HALTON) or TTY 905-825-9833.  

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 430,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; emergency medical services; waste management; public health; Ontario Works (formerly social assistance); children’s and seniors’ services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and business development. For more information, visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.  

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Backgrounder follows.  

Media Contact:
Jane MacCaskill
Commissioner of Corporate Services and Regional Treasurer
Halton Region
905-825-6000 ext. 6005
jane.maccaskill@halton.ca  

or  

Maria McDonald
Communications Specialist, Community Relations
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7482
maria.mcdonald@halton.ca  

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Backgrounder: 2008 Budget and Business Plan

Halton Regional Council approved the 2008 Budget and Business Plan at its meeting on Wednesday, December 19.  

Impact on Taxpayers
The 2008 Budget results in a property tax reduction of 0.6 per cent for Regional programs and services and an increase of 5.3 per cent for Police services, for a combined property tax increase of 1.3 per cent. This represents a property tax reduction of approximately $5.00 for Regional services and an increase of $21.54 for Police services, for a combined tax impact of $16.54 for a typical household having a current value assessment (cva) of $300,000, or $5.52 per $100,000 of cva.  

The property tax increase is lower than the Budget Directions guideline of 2.9 per cent set by Regional Council in July 2007.  

The 2008 Rate Supported Budget for water and wastewater services requires an increase of 6.5 per cent. The typical household’s annual combined water and wastewater bill will increase by approximately $43.98 (assuming water consumption of 300 m3/year).  

2008 Budget Themes and Key Drivers
The 2008 Budget focuses on three key themes: Investing in Infrastructure Requirements; Towards Sustainability; and Committing to Safe and Healthy Communities. The key Tax Supported Budget drivers in these themes include:  

Investing in Infrastructure Requirements:

  • $5.9 million increase to address Traffic Congestion, including an additional $4.5 million to fund the $96 million Transportation Capital program. Some projects are:
    • Dundas St - 4 to 6 lane widening (w. 16-Mile Creek Structures) from Neyagawa Blvd to Proudfoot Trail 
    • Derry Rd - Widening - 2 to 4 lanes from James Snow Parkway to Ninth Line
    • Steeles Ave - Widening - 2 to 4 lanes from James Snow Parkway to Winston Churchill Blvd
    • Appleby Line - Widening - 4 to 6 lanes from Taywood Drive to Hwy 407
  • Additional staff to plan for growth, including water and wastewater master planning initiatives.  

Towards Sustainability:

  • $4.3 million to increase Waste Diversion, including the full implementation of the GreenCart (Organics) program two years earlier than forecasted with approximately 120,000 green bins distributed to households in Halton, and increased frequency of Blue Box collection.
  • $1.2 million to establish a Sustainability Fund to support Halton Region’s participation with Local Municipalities and other partners in strategic initiatives.
  • $532,000 to deliver Planning and Development Services.
  • $653,000 increase to support Conservation Authority programs.  

Committing to Safe and Healthy Communities:

  • $1.2 million to deliver responsive Emergency Medical Services (EMS), including hiring 10.4 paramedics to provide two more 12-hour/day ambulances during peak demand periods, and planning for the construction of two new EMS stations in Northwest Oakville and South Milton.
  • $1.0 million to deliver an additional 100 more subsidized child care spaces to expand current 1,039 spaces.
  • $7.5 million increase to deliver Police Services, including 19 additional police officers to respond to growth in the community, more front-line patrols, increased traffic enforcement and greater support to deal with domestic violence, fraud and Internet crime.
  • $1.8 million increase to deliver Public Health services that respond to community needs, population growth and Provincial mandates, including implementation of the outdoor air quality monitoring and modelling program, and support for an outreach program that educates peers to assist high risk youth in North Halton with issues such as drugs and sexual behaviour.
  • Family counselling services for 450 more families to improve employment opportunities.  

Here are some of the key drivers of the Rate Supported Budget:  

  • $9.7 million increase to upgrade and maintain the Region’s water and wastewater infrastructure.
  • 13 new FTEs to support water and wastewater infrastructure for 125,500 residential and 6,855 industrial/commercial/institutional customers and six water plants, seven wastewater plants and more than 100 pumping stations.
  • Projected 4,000 new customers and more than 50 additional kilometres of water and wastewater pipes.
  • Commissioning of Burloak Water Purification Plant and ozonation at Oakville Water Plant.
  • 1,450 residential ultra low flow toilet rebate program.
  • Additional water quality testing including lead compliance sampling.  

For more information about the 2008 Budget, visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca or call 905-825-6000, toll free 1-866-4HALTON or TTY 905-825-9833. 

The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 430,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; emergency medical services; waste management; public health; Ontario Works (formerly social assistance); children’s and seniors’ services; social/non-profit housing; heritage programs; emergency management and business development. For more information, visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.  

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Media Contact:
Jane MacCaskill
Commissioner of Corporate Services and Regional Treasurer
Halton Region
905-825-6000 ext. 6005
jane.maccaskill@halton.ca  

or  

Maria McDonald
Communications Specialist, Community Relations
Halton Region
905-825-6000, ext. 7482
maria.mcdonald@halton.ca