The Carr Report - October 2010

Building a Better Halton

Halton Region is a location of choice for business investment and a place that residents choose to call home. Our Region has become one of the best communities in Canada. At Halton Region, we are committed to ensuring a high quality of life for our residents. 

Halton residents have identified that maintaining current infrastructure and planning for future infrastructure requirements is a top issue of concern. To address this, we have introduced Building a Better Halton, which is our infrastructure construction plan. This plan covers road, water and wastewater projects.  Our goal is to keep you informed of these important projects, in and around your community and across Halton.

Each year our budget focuses on an investment in the services and programs you have told us are important to you, one of which includes infrastructure. This year, Council approved $362 million in infrastructure investments. Upgrading and adding to our infrastructure will help us to reduce commute times, provide a high-quality water supply to new communities and complete preventive maintenance on key services such as wastewater mains.

These investments will benefit residents and business owners across the Region -- from Burlington to Halton Hills to Milton to Oakville, as we upgrade and maintain current infrastructure and add new services to meet growing needs, all while remaining fiscally responsible.

Over the last four years, the combined tax increase for Regional programs and services has been less than 0.5% - one of the lowest among municipalities in Canada. In order to keep Halton’s portion of taxes low we need to come up with other sources of revenue. One example is how we are financing infrastructure construction needs in Halton, which is being addressed through our collection of Development Charges. Using Development Charges as the primary source of funding to pay for infrastructure construction ensures that the developers pay for these costs, not existing taxpayers. 

To help keep residents informed about Building a Better Halton construction projects, we have redesigned our construction projects web page on the Halton.ca site, where you can find updates on all of our infrastructure construction activities. We have created brochures and door knockers and we only produce these materials when we need to reach residents or business owners in a targeted neighbourhood with specific project information (such as next steps or environmental considerations).

As we move forward in 2011, infrastructure needs will continue to be a top priority and we’ll keep Building a Better Halton to ensure that Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

To find out more about Halton’s construction plans, dial 311 or visit us online at www.halton.ca/construction.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca.

Regards,

Gary Carr
Regional Chair