We asked, you answered: 2015 Community Survey

Photo courtesy the Burlington Economic Development Corporation.

This column is scheduled to appear in the June 19 edition of the Burlington Post.  

The City of Burlington 2015 Community Survey asked residents about various aspects of Burlington, such as quality of life, city services and which priorities council should focus on during the next four years.

A total of 771 residents over the age of 18 were surveyed, with at least 125 interviews completed in each ward.

Quality of life

Residents continue to feel Burlington is a good place to live. Nearly all respondents, 96%, said it was at least good, with the majority of respondents, 86% saying it was either very good or excellent.

One of this year’s new open-ended questions was what residents like best about Burlington.

The top three responses were: access to amenities and services (15%), sense of community/small town feel (13%) and safe/low crime rate (11%).

City services satisfaction

When residents surveyed were asked to rate their overall satisfaction with city services the large majority – 89% – said that they were “somewhat” or “very satisfied”.

The services residents were most satisfied with were: fire protection (95%); parks and open space maintenance (90%); parks, open spaces and sports fields (90%); city arenas (88%); cemetery (88%); arts and culture (87%); and recreation programs (86%).

The survey results also identified city services they felt could be improved.

The services residents surveyed said they were least satisfied with were: winter maintenance (64%), traffic operations management (63%), building code permits and inspection (63%); parking management (60%); surface water drainage (57%); transit service (55%) and transportation network planning (52%).

Priorities for council

The survey also saw respondents rank a list of priorities on which council should focus.

The top five priorities were: community safety (76%); commitment to infrastructure (76%); healthy community (73%); sound financial practices (69%); and parks and community open, green spaces (69%).

Food for thought

We consistently hear from people they choose to live in Burlington because it is a great city with wonderful amenities and great people.

However, there is always room for improvement.

We are carefully reviewing the results with our staff and will be looking for ways to build on the valuable feedback from our residents.

I welcome your feedback on what you love about our city, and how we could do better.

The survey results are on the city’s website at www.burlington.ca/strategicplan.

March 2015 Progress Report

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Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings in March, as well as agendas and reports for upcoming meetings, are available online.

Upcoming Meetings

Development & Infrastructure Committee: Monday, March 30 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Community & Corporate Services Committee: Tuesday, March 31 at 1 p.m. and reconvening at 6:30 p.m. if required

Committee of the Whole: Thursday, April 2 at 1 p.m.

Burlington City Council: Monday, April 20 at 6:30 pm.

2015 Budget Approved Budget 2015 banner[1]

Last month, city council approved the 2015 operating budget, which saw a 3.64 per cent 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 2.06 per cent or $18.08 for each $100,000 of residential urban assessment. Continue reading

February 2015 Progress Report

Committee and Council Meetings

Agendas, minutes and videos on standing committee and council meetings in January, as well as agendas and reports for February’s meetings, are available online.

Upcoming Meetings

Development & Infrastructure Committee: Monday, February 9 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Community & Corporate Services Committee: Tuesday, February 10 at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Audit Committee: Wednesday, February 11 at 3:30 p.m.

City Council: Monday, February 23 at 6:30 pm. Continue reading

An open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne

Appeared in the Burlington Post, June 18, 2014 and is available online.

Congratulations on your election win. While your victory was hard fought, the real work lies ahead.

Ontario is at a critical juncture: our economy and prosperity continues to be challenged by globalization and automation resulting in job loss in many sectors. Given our size, location and historic position as Canada’s economic engine, Ontario must be a catalyst for a strong and vibrant Canadian economy. With your new majority mandate, you now have the opportunity to bring all orders of government together to address the issues that affect all of us.

I believe there are five issues that are vital to inspiring progress and change. Continue reading

Working Towards a 22nd Century City

March 19, 2013

On March 18, City Council approved the City’s 2013 operating budget. We approved a 3.46 % tax rate increase plus a further 1% increase in the levy for the redevelopment of Joseph Brant Hospital.

Combined with the Regional portion and the education portion of the property tax bill, the overall property tax rate increase is 2.07 %.

This year’s budget includes:

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