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2018 Budget and Business Plan

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On December 13, 2017, Halton Regional Council approved the 2018 Budget and Business Plan.

The Region works to deliver annual budgets that keep taxes low while maintaining Halton’s financial sustainability. This plan will support the successful completion of the current Strategic Action Plan by investing in key services, infrastructure and resident priority areas.

The 2018 budget is based on prudent, forward-looking financial planning principles that preserve Halton’s strong long-term financial position. It maintains service levels for Regional programs while allowing for strategic investments that support a high quality of life for everyone in Halton.

Impact

The 2018 budget includes:

  • a 1.9 per cent increase in property taxes for Regional programs and services; and
  • a 3.8 per cent increase in the water and wastewater rate.

Property taxes

This table reflects the property tax impact of Regional government services per $100,000 of a property’s CVA. 

  2017 2018 Change
  Actual Budget $ %

 Regional services

$189 $192 $4   1.9%

 Police services*

$110 $112 $2   2.0%

 Total Regional taxes**

$299 $305 $6   1.9%

Schedule may not balance due to rounding.
* Approved by Police Services Board
** Based on projected 1.5 per cent assessment growth

Water and wastewater rates

This table shows the average cost increase for a family using 250 m3 of water per year.

  2017 2018 Change
  Actual Budget $ %

 Water and wastewater

$929

$964

$35

  3.8%

*Based on 0 per cent consumption growth and 1.6 per cent customer growth.

Key investments

  • Children’s Services: $9.4 million increase (no net Regional impact) to improve quality, accessibility, affordability, flexibility and inclusivity in licensed child care programs based on Provincial/Federal funding allocated for 2018.
  • Comprehensive Housing Strategy: $3.2 million increase (no net Regional impact) to provide additional rent supplements for Halton housing clients based on Provincial/Federal funding allocated for 2018.
  • Paramedic Services: $1.8 million increase to address increasing call volumes and maintain existing service levels.
  • Roads Capital State-of-Good-Repair: $1.7 million increase ($1.0 million in the operating base budget and $726,000 in Federal Gas Tax funding) to address rising state-of-good-repair needs and updated costs.
  • Relief Staff Resources: $835,000 increase for the phase-in of additional casual relief hours required to maintain services levels in Paramedic Services, Services for Seniors and Children’s Services.
  • Greenland Securement: $800,000 increase to provide sustainable funding for the Waterfront Master Plan.
  • Regional Facilities State-of-Good-Repair: $651,000 increase to support the corporate facilities State-of-Good-Repair capital program.
  • Waste Management: $490,000 increase for the inclusion of plastic bags and film in the Blue Box beginning in April 2018.
  • Road Maintenance Program: $396,000 increase to support road maintenance contracts with the Local Municipalities and address growth in the Regional road network.
  • Halton Region Community Investment Fund: $350,000 increase to expand the fund’s total annual contribution to $2.4 million to support community initiatives with a focus on health or social services.
  • Capacity to Prevent and Address Homelessness: $346,000 increase (no net Regional impact) to help prevent homelessness based on provincial funding allocated for 2018.
  • Emerald Ash Borer (EAB): $121,000 increase in operating contributions to the Tax Stabilization reserve in support of the EAB program implementation by Conservation Halton and Credit Valley Conservation.