On December 16, 2020, Halton Regional Council approved the 2021 Budget and Business Plan.
The Region works to deliver annual budgets that keep taxes at or below the rate of inflation while preserving Halton’s strong long-term financial position. The 2021 Budget is based on prudent, forward-looking financial planning principles, and includes investments in critical program enhancements and essential services to support residents and businesses. It also supports the objectives, outcomes and actions identified in our 2019-2022 Strategic Business Plan. The 2021 Budget includes:
- 1.5 per cent increase in property taxes for Regional programs and services (excluding Police services); and
- 2.6 per cent increase in the water and wastewater rate.
This table reflects the property tax impact of Regional services per $100,000 of a property’s Current Value Assessment (CVA).
|Total Regional taxes**
- * Approved by Police Services Board
- ** Based on projected 1.7 per cent assessment growth
Water and wastewater rates
This table shows the average cost increase for a household using 250 m3 of water per year.
|Water and wastewater
- *Based on 0.0% consumption growth and 1.5% customer growth
Highlights of investments
The 2021 Budget increases Regional investment in priority areas previously identified by residents and Council. Some of the key investments include:
- COVID-19 Response: $12.3 million for additional costs in Public Health, Paramedic Services, Long-Term Care and Housing, as well as facility and technology-related costs, with strategic investments to meet ongoing staffing requirements. The majority of this investment is funded by the Federal and Provincial Safe Restart Agreement and additional Provincial funding, resulting in a net cost to taxpayers of $1.2 million;
- State-of-Good-Repair program: $8.0 million increase in transfers to support the water and wastewater state-of-good-repair capital program;
- Strategic Investments: $2.5 million to support the objectives, outcomes and actions identified in the Region’s 2019–2022 Strategic Business Plan, and address pressures driven by growth and increased demand for services;
- Children’s Services: $1.0 million to maintain the current number of subsidized child care spaces as a result of provincial funding reductions; and
- Halton Region Community Investment Fund: $500,000 to meet new and emerging community needs, pivot to virtual service delivery models, respond to public health directives and address Community Safety and Well-Being issues.
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