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Budget and Business Plan

 

Halton’s annual Budget and Business Plan outlines upcoming strategic investments in Regional programs, services and infrastructure.

On January 16, 2019, Halton Regional Council approved the 2019 Budget and Business Plan.

The Region works to deliver annual budgets that keep taxes low while preserving Halton’s strong long-term financial position. The 2019 Budget is based on prudent, forward-looking financial planning principles, and it will support a high quality of life in the community as Council prepares its strategic plan for 2019-2022. The 2019 Budget includes:

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

Property taxes

This table reflects the property tax impact of Regional services per $100,000 of a property’s Current Value Assessment (CVA).

  2018 Actual 2019 Budget Change
Regional services $181 $184 $3 (1.9%)
Police services* $105 $107 $2 (2.0%)
Total Regional taxes** $286 $291 $5 (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 household using 250 m3 of water per year.

  2018 Actual 2019 Budget Change*
Water and wastewater $964 $999 $35 (3.7%)
  • *Based on 0.0% consumption growth and 1.5% customer growth

Highlights of investments

The 2019 Budget increases Regional investment in priority areas previously identified by residents and Council. Some of these increases include:

  • Water and Wastewater State-of-Good-Repair Capital Program: $7.7 million increase in funding to support the water and wastewater state-of-good repair capital program.
  • Transportation State-of-Good-Repair Capital Program: $1.9 million increase in funding to support Regional roads.
  • Paramedic Services: $827,000 to provide additional resources to address call volume pressures
  • Waste management: $791,000 for waste management contracts due to inflation, tonnage growth and organics market pressures.
  • Road maintenance: $677,000 increase in road maintenance contracts to address growth in the Regional road network
  • Red Light Cameras: $100,000 for three new red light cameras in 2019, bring the total number of cameras to 20.
  • Relief staff resources: $431,000 for additional relief resources to maintain service levels in Paramedic Services and Services for Seniors.
  • Regional Facilities State-of-Good-Repair Capital Program: $380,000 to maintain Regional facilities.
  • Halton Region Community Investment Fund: $300,000 strategic investment to increase funding for programs that support the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents.
  • Emerald Ash Borer: $272,000 to support program implementation by Conservation Halton and Credit Valley Conservation

  • 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.

Download the 2018 Budget and Business Plan (PDF file)

  • Increased funding for Paramedic Service resources for the new East Milton station as part of the Paramedic Services Master Plan implementation;
  • Funding to implement new governance arrangements with the Oakville Seniors Citizen’s Residence;
  • Increased funding for non-profit organizations in Halton through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund;
  • Additional funding for the Waterfront Master Plans implementation;
  • Increased funding to provide housing subsidies for survivors of domestic violence, help prevent homelessness, and provide more assisted housing stock and rental assistance in Halton Region;
  • Adjustments to rate revenue and structure to ensure financial sustainability for investments and to promote fairness in revenue collection and water conservation; and
  • Funding for a Long-term Water Meter Strategy to accelerate water meter replacement to ensure more accurate water bills and to develop a strategy to support radio frequency reading technology in the future.

Download the 2017 Budget and Business Plan (PDF file)

  • Investment to begin development of a new world class, signature waterfront park in Burlington;
  • Support for various strategic investments in Paramedic Services;
  • Increased funding for new assisted housing opportunities;
  • Increased support to maintain water and wastewater infrastructure in a state-of-good-repair;
  • Funding for a new Older Adult Tax Deferral Program;
  • Investment in the Region-wide Basement Flooding and Mitigation program to help homeowners protect their property from flooding;
  • Increased funding for non-profit organizations in Halton through the Halton Region Community Investment Fund;
  • and Support for an Internship and Apprenticeship Program at Halton Region.
Download the 2016 Budget and Business Plan

Connecting People with Services

  • Paramedic Services - $1.0 million
  • Housing Providers - $652,000
  • Waste Management - $641,000
  • Rent Geared to Income (RGI) Subsidy - $306,000
  • Enhance customer service response - $306,000
  • Comprehensive Housing Strategy - $250,000
  • Communicable Disease Control - $224,000
  • Crisis Prevention / COMMANDE - $200,000
  • Halton Region Community Investment Fund - $125,000

Investments to Maintain Existing Infrastructure

  • Asset Management Support - $231,000
  • Water and Wastewater State-of-Good-Repair - $5.7 million
  • Water and Wastewater Maintenance Program - $1.3 million
  • Transportation Maintenance Program - $1.0 million
  • Road Resurfacing - $1.0 million

Maintaining Financial Stability

  • Supplementary Tax Revenue – ($500,000) reduction

Adapting to Climate Change

  • Emergency Generators - $5.5 million
  • Emergency Management Support - $378,000
  • Wastewater State-of-Good-Repair Capital - $5.0 million
  • (Region-wide Basement Flooding Mitigation Study)

Economic Growth

  • Area Servicing Plan Pilot Study - $1.0 million
Download the 2015 Budget and Business Plan
  • $177 million in transportation capital investment
  • $405,000 to create additional child care subsidies
  • $721,000 to maintain service levels for waste management services
  • $300,000 to increase the number of SPLIT passes available in the community (subsidy for bus passes for low income residents)
  • $65,000 to support the development of an Agri-tourism Program to attract more tourism to Halton’s rural communities
  • $195,000 for Locates (Ontario One Call) a new underground infrastructure notification system
  • $600,000 to support initiatives outlined in the Comprehensive Housing Strategy
  • $320,000 for assisted housing programs including continued implementation of subsidies for low income residents

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