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Budget and Business Plan

 

Halton Region's Budget and Business Plan is based on prudent, forward-looking financial planning principles. The Plan works to keep taxes low while maintaining the Region's financial sustainability.

Overview

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 proper 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.

Highlights of 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.

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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