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.
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%
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.)|
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.