Council Approves 2018 Business Plan and Budget

The total increase in Mississauga’s residential property tax will be 2.74 per cent; No Council support for Port Credit Marina redevelopment

Today, Mississauga City Council approved the 2018 Business Plan and Budget. The impact of the budget is a $141 increase on the City’s portion of the property tax on an average residential property valued at $604,000, or $23.27 per $100,000 of assessment.

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.” – Mayor Bonnie Crombie

“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.”

Telephone Budget Session – Wednesday, October 4, 2017 (City Wide)

Telephone Budget Session – Wednesday, October 18, 2017 (Wards 2 & 6)

Telephone Budget Session – Wednesday, November 1, 2017 (Wards 3 & 4)

 

“We held tele-town halls with engagement from over 12,000 residents” – Mayor Bonnie Crombie

In 2018, Mississauga residents will see 46,000 more transit service hours and additional transit security, along with road, traffic and other infrastructure improvements. This is in addition to the services residents expect, including fire and emergency services, winter road maintenance, libraries, recreation programs and parks and forestry.

“Our business planning and budgeting activity focuses on our ongoing commitment to fiscal responsibility and continuous improvement,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “This, together with the expertise and dedication of our people, helps us build on our progress and advance our strategic priorities. We are investing our resources wisely on improvements to transit and infrastructure and ensuring excellent customer service for residents.”

Highlights of the 2018 Business Plan and Budget:

  • The total increase in Mississauga’s residential property tax will be 2.74 per cent. The increase includes 1.58 per cent for City services and 1.16 per cent for the Region of Peel.
  • The City advances on its Strategic Plan in 2018 by adding approximately $2.8 million worth of new services, including:
    • 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.

Stormwater

The 2018 Stormwater Program operating budget, excluding transfers to reserves, is $11.9 million. Highlights of the business plan include development of a comprehensive asset management plan, infrastructure improvements, flood relief improvement projects and community outreach activities.

The Stormwater Charge rate for 2018 is $104 per stormwater billing unit.

For more details on the City’s budget and the budgeting process, visit mississauga.ca/budget.

2018 Budget Committee Update

Today at Budget Committee, the following programs and service areas presented their 2018 Business Plan and Budget:

Mississauga Library
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $27.5 million.

Recreation
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $27 million.

Information Technology
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $24.2 million.

Facilities and Property Management
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $21.9 million.

Culture
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $8.3 million.

MiWay
The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $78.7 million.

The City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee will continue deliberations on November 22 at 9 a.m. with Stormwater, follow-up reports and Budget Committee’s overall recommendation.

Council is scheduled to approve the proposed 2018 Business Plan and Budgetimmediately following Budget Committee on November 22.

The Budget Committee meeting schedule may change. Please visit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings for up-to-date information.

Community Meeting Tonight Regarding West Village Port Credit Development Proposal

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PORT CREDIT’S LIGHTHOUSE COMES TO LIFE

Port Credit is recognized as a tourist destination and the lighthouse on Lakeshore Road at the Credit River is a Port Credit icon.  The lighthouse is a visual centrepiece of the upcoming waterfront renewal process.

In concert with Champion Commercial Products and TPL Marketing Inc., Karen Priest, President of Diamond Marketing and Communications Inc. spearheaded a project to animate the lighthouse appropriately.

“This celebratory project wouldn’t have been possible without the help of sponsors:  Birnie Electric, City of Mississauga, Port Credit BIA, Port Credit Community Foundation and Port Credit West Village Partners”, says Priest.

In true commemorative fashion, the lighthouse will be enhanced with LED lighting throughout the year to celebrate historical events, local festivals and events and milestones.  The lighthouse will be illuminated in colours that correspond to the events. “We have developed a calendar of approximately 50 events that will be showcased throughout the year”, says Priest.  Examples from the calendar include Red and Green at Christmas; Red and White for Canada Day; Pink for Breast Cancer Week; Orange for Hallowe’en and Thanksgiving.  Besides recognition of the local MWF Festival,  Southside Shuffle and Salmon Derby, historical event recognition will include Human Rights Day, National Rights Day, Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Remembrance Day as well National Volunteer week, Earth Day, and Clean Air Day to name a few.  And, when the Leafs, Jays and Steelheads are winning, the lighthouse will be blue!  Residents and visitors will be able to check out the calendar of event colours by visiting the BIA web site.

The kick-off of the lighthouse sporting its new colours will take place at the Christmas at the Lighthouse event that will be held as a fundraiser for The Compass on Saturday, December 2nd in the parking lot just south of the lighthouse.  A family event that features pictures with Santa, interactive ice sculptures, figure skating demonstrations, kids crafts, a storyteller, live entertainment, festive artisan market vendors and more.  The lighthouse lighting ceremony will feature carol singing, performances by River North, Lowes School of Music students, Mississauga Children’s Choir and greetings from Dignitaries.