Dec 05, 2012
Today, at General Committee, the Mayor and members of Council supported in principle
shifting the City's stormwater management program from the property tax base to a stormwater
user rate; Council will approve this on December 12.
"The stormwater financing study clearly indicates the challenge of dealing with stormwater
is a major concern," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "Moving toward funding the program
through user fees is an appropriate way to address the current pressures that the City is
The City's stormwater management program includes: roadway drainage systems, stormwater
management ponds and waterways such as rivers, creeks and ditches. The recommended level of
funding for the program will address all currently identified operations, maintenance and
capital pressures and sets the framework to provide a sustainable level of funding for
infrastructure renewal in the future.
Implementation details of the program will be addressed in the new year when staff will bring a
report forward for Councils consideration. The earliest that a stormwater user rate would
be implemented is 2014.
Stormwater Financing Approach as Outlined in the Corporate Report:
Implement a stormwater rate based on a propertys impermeable surface area such as
rooftops, parking lots and driveways.
The staff report recommended that the stormwater rate be charged to all properties
except those exempted from payment of municipal fees and charges through legislation. However,
Council voted today to exclude places of worship from payment of stormwater user fees.
Develop a credit program for non-residential properties and an incentive program for
Mississauga's City Council authorized a financing study of its stormwater program in September
2011. In February 2012, AECOM, an engineering consulting firm, was contracted to look at
funding options beyond property taxes and development charges and involved the community to
help find a solution through forming a stakeholder group and through public consultation. For
more information visit the Stormwater Financing Study website.
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 focusing on delivering services, implementing its Strategic Plan,
delivering value for money and maintaining infrastructure.
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