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Moving Mississauga Forward: 2013 Budget Approved

Dec 14, 2012

This week, City Council approved the City of Mississauga’s 2013 – 2016 Business Plan & 2013 Budget which provides for the maintenance of existing services as well as additional transit services, treatment of City trees infested with the Emerald Ash Borer and increased funding for infrastructure maintenance.

The City Budget, combined with the Region of Peel Budget will result in a 2.6 per cent increase on a residential property tax bill and a 1.6 per cent increase on a commercial property tax bill. For residents, this equals an additional:

• $116 in property taxes on an average home assessed at $451,000, or
• $26 per $100,000 of assessment.

“Staff and Council have done a great job in responding to what has been a tough budget year,” said Mayor Hazel McCallion. “This year’s budget reflects our priorities and the reality that the costs to deliver what the citizens have come to expect from the City are increasing.”

“The 2013 budget is built around maintaining service,” said Janice Baker, City Manager & CAO. “There are very few service adjustments. At the same time, continuous improvement and finding innovative new solutions are critical as we plan for the future. As part of the budget process, each service area identified operating cost reductions and efficiencies equal to 1 per cent of their 2012 budget, which resulted in $5.9 million in savings.”

The 2013 Budget includes:
• Preserving services and operations such as recreation facilities and programs, library services, park maintenance, street lighting and winter maintenance
• Capital infrastructure projects such as the redevelopment and renovation of the Rivergrove and Meadowvale Community Centres, rehabilitation of bridges and major roads and critical lifecycle repairs to City facilities including pool rehabilitation and structural/foundation repairs at City Centre Transit Terminal
• New initiatives that include additional transit service hours, the opening of the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) late next year, improved boulevard maintenance and increased grants to cultural groups
• Increased funds to ensure proper maintenance of the City’s $8 billion in infrastructure, (including roads, roads, bridges, sidewalks, streetlights and traffic lights, community centres, libraries, pools, arenas, fire stations, parks, pathways, playground equipment, buses, bus shelters and vehicles) and debt repayment
• Phase one of the treatment and preservation of a percentage of the City’s Ash trees from the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), an invasive species which has the potential to destroy the City’s 116,000 Ash trees. A total of $51 million over the next 10 years is required for the management plan

“Both the infrastructure and Emerald Ash Borer issues have been building for some time and have reached a point where we have to take action or risk losing valuable resources,” Baker explained. “The City's infrastructure is generally in good condition but it is aging. The need to provide funds to rehabilitate or replace these assets has been identified over the past several years and this need is growing.”

For further information on the City’s Business Plan and Budget, visit mississauga.ca/budget.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 741,000 residents and more than 54,000 businesses, including more than 60 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is "Leading Today for Tomorrow" by focussing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan, delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.




Related Links:
   Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)


Media Contact:
Alexis Fung Fook
Public Affairs Consultant
Phone: 905-615-3200
TTY:    905-896-5151
Email:   alexis.fungfook@mississauga.ca


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