City’s Proposed 2017 Business Plan and Budget Now Available Online

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.

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Real Impact happens on Giving Tuesday

How to Support our Mississauga Libraries on #GivingTuesday

“For over 25 years the Friends have been funding school trips to the library, author visits, and library renovations,” says FOL President Michael Jones.  “For the thousands of children we help, it is important for residents to help the Friends, support our libraries, and donate today.”

MISSISSAUGA – Not new to Black Friday deals or Cyber Monday sales, Mississauga will be celebrating its second #GivingTuesday on November 29, 2016.  The Friends of the Mississauga Library System (FOL) is one of registered charity groups actively campaigning on #GivingTuesday.  The Friends will be reminding residents about the importance of literacy and supporting our libraries. Continue reading Real Impact happens on Giving Tuesday

Peterson Team 6th Annual Flowers For Food – Food Drive

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Mississauga, ON – For the sixth year in a row, the Peterson Team is proud to announce its Flowers For Food Event to collect food in support of the Compass Christmas Food Drive. Each year at this time, the Peterson Team hands out free poinsettias in exchange for food donations. This year the event will be held from Monday, November 28th to Saturday, December 3rd at the Keller Williams Realty Solutions office at 103 Lakeshore Road East in Port Credit. Contributors are invited to drop off their donation of non-perishable food items to this location between 9am-9pm Monday-Friday, and 9am-5pm on Saturday. We hope you will help us out with this worthy cause!

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Mayor Crombie Welcomes Proposed Safety Cameras Legislation

“I welcome news that the Wynne government will empower municipalities to install Safety Cameras near schools to reduce dangerous speeding and protect families.

Ontario to reintroduce photo radar in school zones:  Toronto Star

“All options must be on the table to keep children safe.

“I am adamant that all revenue generated by Safety Cameras must be invested back into community safety.

“Safety cameras cannot become a cash grab. This has to be about keeping children safe.

“Safety Cameras could also help free up highly-trained police officers from manning radar guns to do more pressing community safety work.

“We will need greater discussions at Council, with our Traffic Safety Council, Safe City Mississauga and consultations with schools, parent councils, trustees and residents, to ensure Safety Cameras will make a positive difference in neighbourhoods.”

Plans for Port Credit Walmart Shelved

The Mississauga News and Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey are both reporting that Walmart Canada has cancelled plans for a 84,000 square foot “urban” store on Lakeshore Rd. E. just west of Cawthra Rd. in Lakeview at the extreme eastern end of the Port Credit Business Improvement Area.

Walmart was to occupy the second floor
Walmart was to occupy the second floor

“Since 2006 we have opened more than 320 Walmart Supercentres, which have proven very popular with customers and are present in almost every market in the Canadian market. We are redirecting our focus and investment to improve our existing network of stores, distribution centres and ecommerce offer. As a result we will not proceed with plans to open the store at Lakeshore and Cawthra”. – Walmart Spokesperson

Lakeshore Road E. from Seneca Avenue to Cooksville Creek — including The District at Lakeview which was to house the retailer — was recently made a part of the Port Credit Business Improvement Area.

There were no immediate plans for the vacant retail space reported.