Maintaining City Services
The City has many lines of business. For business planning and budget purposes, services are organized into 18 areas. Each area presents its core services, provides an update, notes any accomplishments; and presents its proposed budget and performance measures to the Budget Committee for review and approval.
Find out more detail about each area:
2017 Spending Increase by Service Area
Our Business Plan and Budget provides a detailed framework of where, when and how tax dollars are spent. Even with the best planning, we need to anticipate and be prepared for unknown challenges and new issues that may arise.
Special Purpose Levies
One way of dealing with the unknown issues and challenges is by using Special Purpose Levies; they are a common tool used by cities to address specific funding needs over and above day-to-day budget pressures.
Infrastructure describes the equipment and structures the city owns, that we all use and benefit from.
Today, our infrastructure is generally in good condition but maintenance costs continue to increase each year. We also need to plan for the future; if we don’t maintain our infrastructure in a good state of repair it will deteriorate and cost more to replace in the future. Over the last few years, Council has approved a special purpose levy to fill the gap we have had between the money raised through property taxes and the money we need to maintain and build new infrastructure.
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Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a highly destructive and invasive insect that attacks and kills ash trees in North America. In Mississauga, the EAB was first identified in 2008. Since that time, the City's Forestry staff have been monitoring this insect’s population growth and movement in the City. Mississauga has about 2.1 million trees on both public and private lands. About half are privately owned. Ash trees, both City-owned and privately owned, make up about 10 per cent of these trees.
See the City’s EAB Management Plan for more details
University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM)
In 2014, UTM asked City Council to provide $1 million a year for 10 years to assist in funding for its new Institute of Management and Innovation. This request was approved in the 2014-2016 Business Plan and Budget.