2017 Budget

At the January 23 Burlington City Council meeting, council approved the City of Burlington’s 2017 operating budget.

The tax rate increase for the City of Burlington portion is 4.42% and the overall tax rate increase, which includes the effect of taxes at the region and school boards is 2.56%.

The City portion includes a 2.09% increase to cover increasing commodity and compensation costs and 1.58% increase to help address the $130 million infrastructure gap. The balance of the increase (.81%) was for enhanced services that include: additional resources for tree service, project management resources and improved play field maintenance.

The increased investment ($254,000) in tree service is required to meet current levels of service for inspections, removals, stumping, planting, watering, etc. Our urban trees are a tremendous asset to all of us. They act as an air filter, they absorb carbon dioxide emissions, provide a cooling effect in the summer and add to the aesthetics of the city.

The additional resources ($550,000) for project management will assist the city in becoming more effective in how the many projects including those related to our strategic plan, are implemented. Our City Manager will direct how this funding is used and he will be reporting back to council on a regular basis. Without the investment, project work would be more expensive and not as timely.

Our play field user groups have pointed out to us that the maintenance service that the city provides for play fields is inferior to all our neighbouring municipalities. Staff were recommending that we increase the service in 2018, however council has decided to provide partial funding ($200,000) in 2017 in order to see some improvement this year. Continue reading

Budget 2016

One of the most important tasks for Burlington City Council is the city’s annual budget.

Budgeting is about planning and meaningful investment. I believe we must provide quality services while maintaining property taxes at a reasonable and affordable rate.

The 2016 Operating Budget and Capital Budget reports for the City of Burlington were presented to Council and the public on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015.

The Capital Budget was approved by council in December. You can read more about the Capital Budget in my December newsletter here.

2016 Budget Breakdown

The 2016 Operating Budget includes a 3.85% increase in the city’s portion of property taxes. When combined with Halton Region and the boards of education, the overall property tax increase is 2.3% or $20.48 for each $100,000 of residential urban assessment. While we all would prefer to have lower tax rate increases, I believe an overall tax increase of 2.3% is reasonable, with strategic investments in services that play an important role in the high quality of life we enjoy in our city.

The 2016 budget marks the second year the city will be presenting the operating budget in a service based format. Under this approach, business plans are developed for all 37 of the services provided by the city. The plans highlight where investments are being made and will help residents learn more about the services the city offers with the overall goal to ensure citizens are getting good value for their tax dollar.

Your Tax Dollar 2016

Why is there an increase in property taxes for 2016?

The 2016 proposed budget responds to providing services, maintaining our assets and business cases to increase service levels through a competitive property tax increase, striking a balance between minimizing tax increases while maintaining and increasing service levels in a climate of increasing costs.

  • The city’s base budget is presented with a 1.97% increase, as compared to the three year rolling average of the Toronto Consumer Price Index (1.86%)
  • Including prior policy decision to increase the dedicated infrastructure levy and tax supported debt charges, the increase is 3.41% (+1.44%)
  • City business cases bring the increase to 3.72% (+0.31%)
  • Local Boards and Committee business cases (+0.13%) result in a city tax impact of 3.85%

Summary of City Services

2016 Budget Public Information Night

I invite residents to attend next week’s public information night to learn more about the 2016 operating budget. The information night will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way. City staff will be on hand to present the operating budget and to answer any questions you may have.

2016 Budget Timelines

Jan. 14, 2016 Public Budget Information Meeting (Tansley Woods Community Centre, 7 p.m.)
Jan. 19, 2016 Delegations and review of 2016 Proposed Operating Budget at C&CS Committee (1 p.m.; reconvene at 6:30 p.m. if required)
Jan. 21, 2016 Operating Budget review and approval at C&CS Budget Committee (3 p.m.; reconvene at 6:30 p.m. if required)
Jan. 25, 2016 Council approval of the 2016 Operating Budget (6:30 p.m.)

Budget Books

To access the 2016 Operating Budget and 2016 Capital Budget books, visit https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/Budget-2016.asp.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit the city’s Frequently Asked Questions page on the budget to find answers to some of the most common inquiries we receive about the budget: https://www.burlington.ca/en/your-city/Budget-Frequently-Asked-Questions.asp.


February 2013 Progress Report

March 7, 2013

Council and Staff have been hard at work on the City Budget for 2013. The proposed budget was approved by Budget and Corporate Services on February 28 with a tax rate increase of 4.46%  The budget will go to City Council for final approval on March 18.

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It’s your City Budget. What are your priorities for 2013?

February 15, 2013

2013 Budget Highlights Slide 2

Burlington is only a Portion of the Property Tax Bill
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February and March are budget months at the City of Burlington. Staff and Council are working on the budget for this year. There are 2 pieces of the City Budget:

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