News Release: December 19, 2019
Region of Peel Council approves 2020 Budget
Brampton, ON. (Dec. 19, 2019) – To support the Region of Peel's Strategic Plan and address Council's key priorities, Regional Council has approved the 2020 Operating and Capital Budget.
“Developing a Budget is about maintaining and improving services, investing in people and preparing the Region for the future while always respecting the taxpayer. This year, the Province’s efforts to control spending resulted in a Regional funding impact of $6.6 million. These cuts along with other factors, made for a challenging year,” said Regional Chair Nando Iannicca. “We’ve passed a 2020 Budget that invests responsibly in core service levels, promotes community safety and protects the vulnerable, while also striving for efficiency to mitigate the increase to property tax bills.”
The 2020 Budget includes a property tax increase of 1.5 per cent. This will contribute an annual increase to the typical residential property and small business property tax bills of $70 and $126 respectively.
Additionally, the average home will see an increase to their utility bill of 15¢ per day (or $51 per year), while the average small business will see an increase of 36¢ per day (or $132 per year).
Operating investments of $2.6 billion and capital investments of $1.1 billion to support and advance Regional Council’s long-term vision for Peel.
Service investments in 2020 include:
- 35 additional Peel Regional Police officers to increase community safety
- 5,600 additional paramedic response calls
- 21,000 more accessible transportation trips
- 900 more residents receiving affordable transit
- Expansion of EarlyON services for 6,000 children and parents
- Implementation of the Butterfly Model at Tall Pines, enhancing quality of life for Long Term Care residents
- Maintaining the state of good repair of almost $30 billion of infrastructure including affordable housing, paramedic stations, roads, feedermain pipes and long term care homes
Throughout the year, Regional staff engage in continuous improvement initiatives, to support fiscal responsibility and value for tax dollars. In 2019, 47 continuous improvement initiatives were completed contributing to cost savings of $2.58 million and cost avoidance of $1.89 million. The financial benefits achieved from the program were reflected in the 2019 Continuous Improvement report.
Partner Organization Budgets
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. Learn more about the budget.
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The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for approximately 1.5 million people and over 175,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter @regionofpeel and Instagram @peelregion.ca.