Nov 22, 2011
The City of Mississauga¬ís Budget Committee recently considered new and increased fees and
charges related to licensing, fines and penalties, parking revenue, Mississauga Celebration
Square and Recreation and Parks programs. These revenue sources help to offset the cost of
delivering these services with the goal of keeping property tax rates low.
The increases in fees and charges approved by the Committee bring many of the fees and charges
in line with those of surrounding municipalities. Highlights include:
¬ē two new service fees for mandatory language testing on all perspective public vehicle driver
applicants and re-inspection of taxis
¬ē increase in set fines for parking in a designated fire route, on private property without the
owners consent and stopping a vehicle in a prohibited area
¬ē establishing an administration fee for setting up new tax accounts
¬ē a 2.5% increase in daily permit fees and administrative charges for Mississauga Celebration
In addition, the Committee approved the Recreation and Parks Pricing Study Final Report which
streamlines the pricing structure for Recreation and Parks programs, rentals and memberships.
The new pricing structure aims to increase the cost recovery rate while continuing to provide
access to programs for low-income families and individuals.
The new fees are expected to result in approximately $2 million in new and additional revenue
to alleviate the pressures on the property tax rate in 2012.
The Committee also received a staff report assessing the service adjustment opportunities
identified by KPMG in the recent Toronto Services Review for City of Mississauga
All Budget Committee meetings are open to the public. The next Budget Committee meeting is
scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, 2011. The full schedule of meetings is posted on the City¬ís
website at www.mississauga.ca/portal/cityhall/calendar.
As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 734,000 residents and 55,000 businesses,
including 63 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,
maintaining infrastructure and continuing to be an employer of choice.
Alexis Fung Fook
Public Affairs Consultant