Local government | October 6, 2021
Today, as part of the City’s annual budget process, Budget Committee was presented with and deliberated on new and increased user fees and charges for City services and programs such as swimming classes and permits for people or businesses using those services. The revenue collected through user fees and charges helps to offset the costs of delivering City services and programs in the areas of Fire and Emergency Services; Roads; Transit (MiWay); Parks, Forestry and Environment; Libraries; Recreation; Land Development Services; Culture; Regulatory Services; Legislative Services and supporting services such as 311.
“As the City continues its pandemic recovery efforts, staff carefully reviewed fees and charges based on the projected uses and needs of the community and people using the services for 2022. The revenue collected from the fees and charges are used to ease pressures on the 2022 property tax rate,” said Shari Lichterman, Commissioner of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. “We encourage residents and business owners to get involved in our budget process as we work together with Council to achieve a budget that balances service delivery with sound fiscal management.”
All proposed changes are outlined in the October 6, 2021 Budget Committee report and will result in additional budgeted revenues in 2022 of approximately $1 million.
“These changes include plans for Mississauga Library to eliminate fines for overdue materials, which will promote equitable access to library services and also support community recovery coming out of the pandemic. This aligns with many other library systems across North America, notably Brampton, Hamilton, Toronto and Vaughan,” added Lichterman.
The fees and charges discussed today will be on the next Council agenda for final approval.
All Budget Committee and Council meetings are open to the public. The next Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 22, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. The full schedule of meetings is available online at Council and Committees Calendar Listings.
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