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Mississauga’s Proposed 2020 – 2023 Business Plan and 2020 Budget Now Available Online

Proposed Budget Represents A 3.84% Increase Over 2019

The City of Mississauga’s proposed 2020 – 2023 Business Plan and 2020 Budget is now available online at mississauga.ca/budget. It describes the City’s proposed program and service enhancements and how they will be funded.

Highlights

The total proposed 2020 operating budget is $926.1 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g., transit fares, recreation fees, and building permit fees) totalling $387.4 million. The property tax funds the budget amount not covered by these revenues.

The proposed overall impact is a 3.84 per cent increase on the 2020 residential property tax bill. Of this, 1.74 per cent is for the City’s services and, based upon the proposed budget provided to Regional Council, 2.1  per cent for Region of Peel services. 

Every 1 per cent of City tax increase is about $19.50 per average residence, or $2.84 per $100,000 of assessment.

The proposed 2020 net operating budget is $538.7 million – about $27.8 million higher than the 2019 Budget.

The 2020 expenditure budget is targeted to keep the City’s services operating at current levels including: 

•           MiWay – Ontario’s third largest municipal transit service, MiWay operates 79 routes with 500 buses; customers board a MiWay bus over 57 million times per year

•           Fire and Emergency Services – responds to an average of 30,000 incidents each year; conducted 9,256 fire safety inspections in 2018 to ensure Fire Code compliance and completed 1,703 building permit applications to ensure compliance with fire and life safety requirements in the  Ontario Building Code

•           Roads – keeping motor vehicle, pedestrian and bike traffic moving on the City’s 5,660 lane kilometres of road network; maintaining a cycle network that includes approximately 570 kilometres of multi-use trails, park paths, bicycle lanes and signed bike routes

•           Parks, Forestry & Environment – maintaining our City’s 3,154 hectares of parkland and open space, including City-owned trees, 371 sports fields, 265 playgrounds, two marinas and 11 publicly-owned cemeteries

•           Library Services – includes the Central Library and 17 branch libraries that saw 4.3 million in-person visits and 6.1 million loans in 2018 including digital loans; 152,000 people attended library programs in 2018

•           Recreation – providing over 200,000 hours of programming such as swimming, fitness, skating and more each year; accommodated 13 million visits last year to Recreation facilities, including 11 community centres

The City advances on its strategic plan in 2020 by adding about $4.6 million worth of new services, including: 

•           Continuing MiWay service growth, adding 32,600 service hours, providing some new services, streamlining routes, integrating transit hubs, improving off-peak service levels and addressing overcrowding on existing routes 

•           Opening of the Churchill Meadows Community Centre which includes a triple gymnasium, indoor pool, warm water therapeutic tank, multi-purpose spaces, a teaching kitchen and change rooms servicing the adjacent sports fields and seasonal dome 

•           Increasing public safety by introducing attendants at the Celebration Square fountain which will allow for first aid support and supplies and the ability to implement emergency communication as required by Public Pool Regulations 

•           Modernizing Library technology by enhancing online access, supporting the repair and replacement of the musical instrument lending library and expanding Mississauga Maker learning opportunities 

•           Adopting Vision Zero, a framework which focuses on the prevention and ultimately the elimination of pedestrian, cyclist and motorist injuries and fatalities on the City’s roads 

•           Using funds raised through Mississauga’s Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) to fund Culture grant programs (Arts and Culture, Festivals and Celebrations, Heritage and Project grants)

The proposed Stormwater Rate per billing unit for 2020 is $108.20, effective April 1, 2020. 

•           The City has over 2,100 kilometres of storm sewer pipes, over 51,000 catch basins, 250 kilometres of ditches, 32 creeks and 64 Stormwater management facilities in its drainage system, at a total replacement value of close to $2.2 billion

On November 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. the City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee will begin discussions on the proposed 2020 Business Plan and Budget.

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

Learn more about the City’s 2020 Business Plan and Budget and what they mean to you as a taxpayer:

•           Visit mississauga.ca/budget  and see what you get for your tax dollars 

•           Read an overview of the 2020 preliminary Business Plan & Budget that was presented to Budget Committee on June 26, 2019

•           Watch or attend Budget Committee deliberations scheduled for November 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27 with a Council vote to approve the budget planned at the December 4, 2019 Special Council Meeting at 9:30 a.m.* 

* Budget Committee meeting schedules are subject to change.

Choose from several ways to get involved and share your thoughts:   

•           Have a question or comment – email us atbudget@mississauga.ca

•           Follow the City on Facebook and Twitter

•           Attend a Budget Committee meeting or watch online.             

#PortCredit2029 Town Hall & TOPCA AGM

The doors will be opening at 6:30pm TONIGHT (Mon Nov 4) for the 7-9pm #PortCredit2029 Town Hall with the Town of Port Credit Association Annual General Meeting taking place from 9:10-9:30pm.

The keynote speaker will be Gil Penalosa founder of 8-80 Cities.

Mayor Bonnie Crombie as well as Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko are both confirmed to be attending.

Seating is certain to be at a premium and you’d be wise to arrive early.

Mississauga Ready for Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

Today, Mississauga’s General Committee identified and approved the projects the City will submit for consideration under the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). According to the funding criteria outlined by the Government of Canada, the ICIP is a ten-year federal infrastructure program designed to create long-term economic growth, build inclusive, sustainable and resilient communities and support a low-carbon economy. 

The federal government is providing $33 billion through the ICIP to cost-share projects under four streams: 1. Public Transit; 2. Community, Culture and Recreation; 3. Green Infrastructure and 4. Rural and Northern Communities. The City of Mississauga is not eligible for the fourth stream.

“Infrastructure funding investments are important and help us build strong, vibrant communities. This funding will allow us to build a transit and transportation system that is convenient, connected, and reliable for those who live and work here. We’ve heard from residents about their priorities and we are in a strong position to put forward projects that we are confident will be approved by the federal and provincial governments. This will be the largest investment we’ve made in public transit to date with an $847.5 million total cost for the projects we’re putting forward. These projects include Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes along our Lakeshore and Dundas corridors, as well as the purchase of 409 new hybrid-electric buses to green our transit fleet and help us hit our GHG reduction targets. In addition, we will be applying for almost $133 million for community and recreational infrastructure projects such as the rehabilitation of the Public Marina and Waterfront Park development, and the South Common Community Centre and Library. We’ve been working hard to ensure Mississauga is at the table with both the federal and provincial governments and that they are aware and understand our priorities and most importantly, why Mississauga matters.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Under the Public Transit stream, a total of $339 million in federal funding and $282.5 million in provincial funding has been allocated to the City of Mississauga over the next 10 years. The primary focus is for new transit projects and active transportation infrastructure directly connected to the public transit system.

The Community, Culture and Recreation stream is different as it is application based with no guarantee that projects will be approved. The program will provide approximately $407 million in federal funding and $320 million in provincial funding to support projects across Ontario that improve access to and quality of community, cultural and recreation infrastructure.

“We are able to respond quickly and put forward a list of projects for Council’s consideration as result of our deliberate, consistent and detailed capital budget planning,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “For transit in particular, this funding program is helping to provide the predictable and sustainable infrastructure funding needed to grow, maintain and improve our current transit systems. Projects for both streams were selected based on the program criteria and knowing they could not begin until after ICIP approval is received and that they must be substantially complete by March 2027.”

List of proposed City projects:

ICIP – Public Transit Stream ProjectsTotal Cost
Bus replacement program$359.7 M
Dundas BRT lanes – Confederation to Etobicoke$305.7M
Lakeshore BRT lanes – Deta Rd. to East Ave.$54.6M
Express Corridors$49.5M
Bus Maintenance/Rehab$44.1M
Presto$10M
CAD/AVL/HASTUS$9M
Cycle Tracks$4M
Bus Shelters$3.8M
Farebox Refurbishment$2M
Bus Terminals$1.6M
Bus stops/pads$1M
Enhanced Partitions$0.7M
Mini Terminals/Bays$0.7M
MiWay Signs$0.7M
Transit Vehicles (non-buses)$0.4M
Revenue Equipment Replacement$0.1M
Total Cost$847.5M
  
ICIP – Community, Culture and Recreation Stream Projects 
South Common Community Centre and Library$61.6M
Public Marina and Waterfront Park$71.3M
Total Cost$132.9M

Council previously approved the projects for the Public Transit stream and the City submitted the required initial documents as per the October 24, 2019 deadline. The proposed projects for the Community, Culture and Recreation stream will be going forward to Council on November 6 for final approval and will be submitted by the deadline of November 12, 2019.

Budget Committee Update: Fees and Charges By-law

The City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee considered new and increased fees and charges for 2020 related to: Transit Fares; Fire and Emergency Services; Planning; Library; Culture programs and rental rates; Transportation and Works; Recreation programs and rental rates; Parks, Forestry and Environment and General Fees and Charges. These revenue sources will help offset the cost of delivering these services.

A number of proposed changes are highlighted in the Budget Committee Reports including:

  • MiWay Cash Fare (Single Adult) revised to encourage Presto migration from $3.75 to $4.00 representing an increase of $0.25 or 6.7 per cent. The Presto fare remains at $3.10. 
  • Fire: Fees charged for motor vehicle collisions and other specialty calls based on the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) fee schedule. The MTO raised their billable rates by 2.5 per cent. Fees for those incidents have been adjusted to reflect the increase.
  • Animal Services: Dog/Puppy & Cat/Kitten Adoption Fee is moving to a flat fees of $243.25 dog / puppy adoption, $165.25 kitten adoption (0-3 years) and $81 cat adoption (3-7 years)  to simplify the process.

Additional revenue of approximately $1.8 million is expected from the increases and new fees as outlined in the Oct 2, 2019 Budget Committee reports. These will alleviate some pressures on the property tax rate in 2020.

The proposed fees and charges will be presented at a Council meeting for approval on October 9, 2019.

All Budget Committee and Council meetings are open to the public. The next Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 18, 2019. The full schedule of meetings is available online at Council and Committees Calendar Listings.

Become familiar with the City’s 2020 Budget and Business Plan

Look through the City’s preliminary 2020 Budget and Business Plan and understand why these documents play an important role in shaping our city. Residents can learn more by:

•           Visiting mississauga.ca/budget and see what you get for your tax dollars 

•           Reading an overview of the 2020 preliminary Business Plan & Budget that was presented to the Budget Committee on June 26, 2019

•           Watching for the full 2020 proposed Budget and Business Plan (posted online on November 11)

•           Watching or attending Budget Committee deliberations scheduled for November 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27 (Budget Committee meeting schedules are subject to change) Similar to the   recent change to Council and General Committee meetings, Budget Committee meetings are to start at 9:30 a.m. beginning November 18, 2019.

Council Endorses Proposed Port Credit West Village Redevelopment Plan

The vision for the Port Credit West Village has moved closer to reality. At yesterday’s Planning and Development Committee, Council endorsed theproposed development of the former Imperial Oil Lands at 70 Mississauga Rd. S. and 181 Lakeshore Rd. W. The proposed redevelopment plan will go to Council for formal support on July 31.

The proposed multi-phase community includes 2,995 new residential units (townhomes, mid-rise and high-rise up to 29 storeys), retail, parkland and campus (employment, recreation and education) uses on the 72-acre property.

“I am pleased that we are moving forward with next steps to revitalize these former brownfield lands into a vibrant waterfront destination that will attract residents from Mississauga and beyond,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “As an important City-building initiative, this redevelopment will drive tourism, create jobs and boost economic growth, helping put Mississauga on the international map. We will continue to work together to ensure our vision to transform the waterfront becomes a reality.”

“Working collaboratively with the residents and key stakeholders has created a vision for this dynamic addition to our waterfront. I look forward to continuing open dialogue as this development evolves and we have a waterfront for the entire City of Mississauga second to none,” said Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko. 

As next steps, City Staff will attend the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) hearing scheduled for August 7, when a final decision will be made. If LPAT approves the matter, construction is anticipated to start in 2020.

“Over the past several years we’ve engaged extensively with the community,” said Andrew Whittemore, Commissioner, Planning and Building. “The comments received from the public and key stakeholders have helped shape the vision for this dynamic addition to our waterfront. We will continue to engage with residents and ensure we have strong land use policies that align with our goal of creating an accessible and sustainable waterfront.” 

Visit the City’s development information webpageto learn more.

Port Credit West Village is one of Mississauga’s three key redevelopment projects, together with 1 Port St. E. and the Lakeview Waterfront.