News Release: January 31, 2019
Region of Peel Council Approves 2019 Budget
Brampton, ON. (January 31, 2019) – To support the Region of Peel's Strategic Plan and address Council's key priorities, Regional Council has approved the 2019 Operating and Capital Budget (PDF).
The 2019 Budget invests in maintaining high-quality service, finding efficiencies, and using new, innovative ways to conduct business. It enables the achievement of the Region’s vision of a Community for Life with investments balanced between the needs of residents and businesses, and the infrastructure needs of the broader community, advancing Council’s priorities and long-term objectives.
"With trends such as a growing and rapidly aging population, climate change and evolving legislation, there is increased pressure on our services and more complex community issues impacting service demand.” said Regional Chair Nando Iannicca. “With the support and encouragement of Regional Council, the 2019 Budget invests in maintaining high-quality service, finding efficiencies, and using new, innovative ways to conduct business, while enabling the achievement of Peel’s vision of a Community for Life.”
The 2019 Budget balances the investments for residents and communities in Peel with a Regional net tax levy increase of 2.7 per cent. This represents a 1.1 per cent property tax increase from the Regional budget. This Regional budget will contribute an annual increase to the average residential property and small business property tax bills of $52 and $93 respectively.
Additionally, to sustain the capital-intensive water and wastewater services, a 6.5 per cent utility rate increase was approved. The average home will see a $38 increase to their utility bill or about 10 cents per day, while the average small business will see an increase of $101 or about 28 cents per day.
Operating investments of $2.5 billion and capital investments of $1.3 billion ensure sustainment of current service levels and addresses enhanced service levels to accommodate rapid population growth and an aging population, with a special focus on Paramedic services and TransHelp.
Budget highlights in 2019 include:
- 68,000 more accessible transportation trips
- 12,300 additional paramedic response calls
- Implementation of the Butterfly Model, enhancing quality of life for Long Term Care residents
- Service to 5,000 new households for waste collection
- Expansion of EarlyON services for 9,200 children and parents
- Additional Peel Regional Police staffing to maintain our safe communities:
- 55 Officers
- 10 Communicators
- 5 Prison Escort Officers
- 14 Civilian Administrators
Along with meeting the Capital and Operating needs of the Region, the budget provides funding to the three local conservation authorities (Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Halton Conservation Authority, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority), Peel Regional Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. To learn more about the budget, please visit peelregion.ca/budget.
The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.4 million people and 173,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.
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