The City of Mississauga’s 2017 proposed Business Plan and Budget is now available online at mississauga.ca/budget. The proposed 2017 Business Plan and Budget details program and service enhancements for 2017 and how they will be financed.
Highlights of the proposed 2017 Business Plan and Budget
- The total operating expenditure budget proposed for 2017 is $759.4 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g., transit fares and recreation fees) totalling $296.7 million. The amount that is not offset by these revenues is the net operating budget.
- The net operating budget proposed for 2017 is $462.8 million, compared with $435.3 million in 2016. 2017’s proposed net operating budget is approximately $27.4 million more than the 2016 net operating budget.
- Almost all the budget proposed for 2017 (about 96 per cent or $446.2 million) is there to keep our City’s services running at current levels. This includes services such as:
- MiWay – Ontario’s third largest municipal transit service, MiWay operates 81 routes with 468 buses. Customers board a MiWay bus over 54 million times per year
- Fire and Emergency Services – responding to emergencies, conducting fire safety inspections and visiting more than 44,000 residences last year to promote fire safety
- Roads – keeping motor vehicle, pedestrian and bike traffic moving on the City’s more than 5,200 lane kilometres of roadway
- Parks and Forestry – maintaining our City’s 3,120 hectares of parkland and open space, including one million City-owned trees, 368 sports fields, 263 playgrounds, two marinas and 10 publicly owned cemeteries
- The Central Library and 17 branch libraries – managing 4.8 million in-person visits and 6.4 million items loaned last year
- Recreation – providing over 166,000 yearly hours of recreation programming that includes swimming, fitness, skating and more, and accommodating over 12 million visits to recreation facilities
- New service accounts for between one and two per cent of the proposed budget, or about $5.7 million. As the City advances its strategic plan, new services include:
- continuing the MiWay service growth and adding 45,000 service hours
- continuing implementation of the Advanced Transportation Management System to mitigate traffic congestion
- enhancing sidewalk maintenance to eliminate the City’s repair backlog
- relocating the Square One Older Adult Centre to continue service to Mississauga’s older adults
- increasing support to culture groups and local artists to provide better services that reach more people
- expanding year-round programming and enhancing winter events at Celebration Square to attract tourism and continue vibrancy in the downtown through the winter
- improving the Library’s collection to support the City’s population growth
- The overall tax impact on residents is a 2.98 per cent increase on the 2017 residential property tax bill. Of this, 1.98 per cent is for the City’s services, and 1.0 per cent for Region of Peel services.
- For the owners of an average, detached, single family home in Mississauga (value $564,000), a 2.98 per cent overall tax increase comes to $147, before any phased-in assessment change.
Starting on November 28, the City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee will begin deliberations on the proposed 2017 Business Plan and Budget. Deliberations will continue on November 29 and 30 and December 6, 7 and 12. Council is expected to approve the proposed 2017 Business Plan and Budget on December 14.
The Budget Committee meeting schedule may change. Please visit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings for up-to-date information.
Residents can get involved and have their say on the City’s 2017 budget process. Here’s how to participate:
- email questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
- contact the Mayor or your Councillor
- attend Budget Committee meetings in person, or watch them live online or on Rogers Cable 10
- follow the City on Twitter and Facebook
- visit mississauga.ca/budget for information about the City’s budget and the budgeting process