Category Archives: Ratepayers

CITY PROVIDES ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR TAXPAYERS DURING COVID-19

Today, Council unanimously agreed to provide further financial assistance to taxpayers to help ease financial pressures as a result of the impacts of COVID-19 by:

·         deferring final tax instalments for 90 days

·         stopping late payment charges and fees related to tax payment requests for changes

Council previously provided cash flow assistance by deferring the April to June interim tax instalment dates by 90 days and is again asking all landlords to pass this additional financial relief on their tenants.

“We are doing what we can as a City to provide as much relief to residents and businesses as possible,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “Today’s decision to defer property tax instalments and waive penalty fees will help taxpayers recovering from the shock of this crisis manage their cash flow in a difficult time. As a City, we do not have the financial resources of the federal and provincial governments to offer full relief, but we are doing what we can within our power while remaining financial prudence.”

 The City of Mississauga is looking at all options available for recovering and balancing its 2020 operating and capital costs as a result of the impacts from COVID-19 and as required by-law.

“With the support and approval of Council, we are working to try and ease some of the economic impacts and financial hardships being faced by many families and businesses in Mississauga as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “At the same time, we are carefully monitoring the City’s operating and capital budgets and identifying opportunities for cost avoidance, including potentially deferring some of our capital spending this year. We are thankful to both the Region of Peel and the Government of Ontario for deferring the upper-tier and education tax payments which is greatly assisting the City during this challenging time. We are however, still facing significant revenue shortfalls. We need and are seeking, financial assistance from both the provincial and federal governments.”

Interim Tax Payment Schedules

As decided at the March 20 meeting of Council, interim property tax payments were deferred for 90 days. Notices were distributed to taxpayers at the end of March.

1.    Regular Instalment Payments

For those paying by regular instalment, interim property tax payments of April 2 and May 7 were deferred to July 2 and August 6.

New Interim Payment Schedule Due DatesJuly 2, 2020August 6, 2020

2.    Monthly Pre-Authorized Payments

For those paying by monthly pre-authorized payments with the City, interim property tax payments in April, May and June were deferred to July, August and September.

Residential and Non-Residential
New Interim Payment Schedule Due DatesJuly 2020August 2020September 2020

Final Tax Payment Schedules

The timing of final tax payments for residential and non-residential property owners will depend on their chosen method of payment and if they continued with their interim tax payments as originally billed.

3.    Regular Instalment Payments

Final tax payments have been deferred by 90 days for taxpayers currently paying by instalments. Payments will now be made in October, November and December.

Residential and Non-residential
New Final Payment Schedule Due Dates– final tax instalmentsOctober 1, 2020November 5, 2020December 3, 2020

For residential properties, final tax instalments would normally be due in July, August and September.

For non-residential properties, final tax instalments normally would be due as one single payment in August.

4.    Monthly Pre-Authorized Payments – Interim Payments were Deferred

For taxpayers who had monthly withdrawals deferred, final payments will be made in three equal withdrawals one in October, one in November and one in December.

Residential and Non-Residential
New Final Payment Schedule Due Dates– if Interim tax payments were deferredOctober 2020November 2020December 2020
 Withdrawal paymentWithdrawal paymentWithdrawal payment

5.    Monthly Pre-Authorized Payments – Payments Continued

Taxpayers who have chosen to continue to make regular monthly payments for their interim taxes will continue with monthly withdrawals on their normal schedule.

Residential and Non-residential
Payment Schedule UnchangedInterim tax payments continuedJuly 2020*residential only Monthly withdrawalAugust 2020 Monthly withdrawalSeptember2020 Monthly withdrawalOctober2020 Monthly withdrawalNovember 2020 Monthly withdrawalDecember 2020 Monthly withdrawal

Property assessment is determined by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). These assessments are updated every four years and increases are phased-in over a four-year period. The last re-assessment was conducted in 2016. The next MPAC reassessment was planned to be completed this year for the 2021 taxation year; however,due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Ontario postponed the assessment update. This means the property assessment used for the 2021 tax year will be the same as the 2020 tax year.

In addition, to the COVID-19 assistance, the City of Mississauga is also continuing with its annual tax rebate for low-income seniors and low-income persons with disabilities. For 2020, the annual rebate has been increased to $436.

Read the full report: 2020 Final Levy Taxation Addressing COVID-19 Impacts

Learn more about the City of Mississauga’s taxes and assessment processes.

City’s Official Plan Review – Status Update and Public Engagement Timeline

On Monday, March 9, City staff will present a project update with public engagement timelines for Mississauga’s Official Plan Review to the City’s Planning and Development Committee (PDC). The City is reviewing the existing Official Plan to ensure it reflects the changing needs, opportunities and aspirations of Mississauga.

Date: Monday, March 9, 2020

Time: 6 p.m.

Location:
Civic Centre – Council Chamber, Second floor
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON
[MAP]

The City’s Official Plan provides policies that guide and direct the physical change of the city. It manages the effects on Mississauga’s social, economic, cultural and natural environment. The Official Plan addresses things like:

·        where housing, industry, offices, shops, and roads should go

·        which services and amenities (e.g. parks, schools, transit) are needed and where they will be located

·        what parts of the city will be the focus for growth and what it will look like e.g. heights and densities

·        ways to enhance economic development and job growth

All are welcome to attend the meeting or watch on the live stream: mississauga.ca/livestreaming

Background:

The City launched the Official Plan Review at a Special Council meeting held on June 10, 2019. For more information and to sign up for email updates, visit the public engagement page

City Refreshes Waterfront Parks Strategy

The City of Mississauga has refreshed its Waterfront Parks Strategy, outlining a 25-year vision for City parks along Mississauga’s 22 kilometres (km) of waterfront along Lake Ontario. The strategy promotes the protection and enhancement of the City’s waterfront while providing public access along the water’s edge and opportunities for recreation, tourism and economic development. The proposed infrastructure improvements will maintain and strengthen the City’s historical connection to Lake Ontario.

“For decades, a large part of Mississauga’s waterfront was a hub for heavy industry with limited access for the public. Over the years we’ve worked to build parks and create public spaces for everyone to enjoy. Our work is only just beginning. This 25-year strategy aims to further reclaim our waterfront and ensure it remains accessible to residents for generations to come,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “People are drawn to the water and Mississauga is in the envious position of having 22 kilometres of shoreline. It’s important we not only protect this precious resource, but also promote it. We will do this by seamlessly connecting our existing and new parks with a continuous waterfront trail that connects to our neighbours, and ensuring that all future development prioritizes access to the water.”

The vision of the strategy is Life Thrives at the Water, which captures the spirit of how the waterfront influences the well-being of all the communities and ecosystem along the lake edge. The refresh builds on the 2008 strategy and addresses current planning trends and intensification along Mississauga’s waterfront. As well, the strategy supports the Cycling Master Plan by recommending the implementation of north/ south cycling connections to Lakeshore Road and beyond with paths linking to Toronto and Oakville, and the waterfront trail closer to the Lake Ontario shoreline.

Crombie added, “As a key commercial area for the City, Mississauga’s waterfront redevelopment will drive tourism, foster innovation, attract new business and boost economic growth. Our goal is to ensure our waterfront is a walkable, accessible, transit and cycling-friendly community where people can meet and connect and where businesses can prosper and thrive.”

Port Credit Harbour

The refreshed strategy builds upon the City’s successes along the waterfront and provides a planning framework to address:

·        Climate change

·        Intensification and brownfield development along the waterfront

·        The desire to create an enlivened water’s edge with increased public access and water-based recreation (e.g. boating, paddling, fishing and swimming)

·        Increased use of the waterfront by a diverse population in balance with natural heritage goals

·        Tourism in balance with local community needs

“The strategy provides a comprehensive plan to preserve, protect and enhance the waterfront park system for present and future generations,” said Jodi Robillos, Director, Parks, Forestry and Environment. “Each waterfront park has its own character and provides a unique waterfront experience that includes different views of the lake, trail use, nature and heritage appreciation as well as special programs.”

The most significant changes for the 2019 refresh include new parkland, as well as a new large naturalized landscape created as part of the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area.

Robillos added, “The implementation and funding of initiatives for the strategy will be subject to approval through the annual budget and business planning process.”

The City’s Refreshed Waterfront Parks Strategy Plan is set to go to Council for final approval on February 5. For more information about the project, visit mississauga.ca/portal/residents/parks-waterfront-parks-strategy.

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.