2018 Municipal Budgets Approved for Peel & Mississauga
November 23, 2017 Mississauga, Ontario — The City of Mississauga and Region of Peel have now approved their 2018 budgets and set their respective tax increases for next year.
The Region of Peel tax rate increase will be 1% and the City of Mississauga 1.64% for commercial and industrial classes. The Region water and waste water rate will increase by 6.5% and the Mississauga storm water charge will increase to $104 per billing unit.
Region of Peel budget highlights include 39,000 more accessible transportation trips, two additional ambulances and more paramedics to address 6,000 additional 9-1-1 calls, additional beds in the Brampton Youth Shelter, service to 4,000 new households for waste collection and 4,750 new water customers, additional police staffing to maintain safe communities and additional caregivers to address increasingly complex care needs for Peel Manor Long Term Care residents. The Region’s operating budget is about $2.4 billion per year.
The City of Mississauga budget highlights include 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.
The Mississauga Board of Trade is particularly pleased that a direct bus route from City Centre to Terminal 1 at Pearson Airport has been approved with service to begin in September 2018. This has been a long standing ask of MBOT.
“Both the City and the Region have been reasonable in their budgets and tax increases and kept them as close to inflation as possible,” reacted David Wojcik, President & CEO, MBOT. “We still have some concerns about the rate of spending increase and in particular the storm water charge that is affecting many businesses in Mississauga.”
“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.”
“The Region’s annual budget process involves serious discussion and prudent and responsible decision making,” said Regional Chair Frank Dale. “With the support and encouragement of Regional Council, the 2018 Budget invests in better outcomes for residents and businesses as we continue to build a healthy, safe and connected community, strengthening a solid foundation to build a Community for Life. The 2018 Budget ensures that we meet the needs of our residents regarding the exceptional level of service and safety they have become accustomed to today and into the future.”