Residents can now view the City of Mississauga’s 2018 proposed Business Plan and Budget online at mississauga.ca/budget. It describes program and service enhancements for 2018 and how they will be financed.
The total proposed 2018 operating budget is $819.2 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g., transit fares and recreation fees) totalling $334.2 million. The amount that is not offset by these revenues is the net operating budget funded by property taxes.
- The proposed 2018 net operating budget is $485 million, compared with $461.7 million in 2017. The 2018 proposed net operating budget is approximately $23.4 million more than in 2017.
- Almost the entire proposed 2018 operating budget – approximately 95 per cent or $782 million – is targeted to keep the City’s services operating at current levels. Examples include:
- MiWay – Ontario’s third largest municipal transit service, MiWay operates 82 routes with 499 buses; customers board a MiWay bus over 56 million times per year.
- Fire and Emergency Services – last year answering more than 30,000 emergency calls, conducting over 9,700 fire safety inspections and providing public education on fire safety to over 27,000 residents.
- Roads – keeping motor vehicle, pedestrian and bike traffic moving on the City’s 5,290 lane kilometres of road network; maintaining approximately 480 kilometres of multi-use trails, park paths, bicycle lanes and signed bike routes.
- Parks and Forestry – maintaining our City’s 3,639 hectares of parkland and open space, including one million City-owned trees, 362 sports fields, 263 play sites, two marinas and 11 publicly-owned cemeteries.
- Library Services – Includes the Central Library and 17 branch libraries that saw 4.9 million in-person visits and 6 million items loaned last year, including digital loans.
- Recreation – providing over 175,000 hours of recreation programming such as swimming, fitness, skating and more each year; and accommodating 12.6 million visits annually to Recreation facilities, including 11 community centres.
- New services account for less than one per cent of the proposed budget, or about $2.8 million. Transit improvements account for 60 per cent of this amount ($1.7 million). As the City advances its strategic plan, new services include:
- continuing planned MiWay service growth of three per cent per year, adding 46,000 service hours and additional transit security;
- increasing support to culture groups and local artists to provide enhanced services that reach more people;
- redeveloping the recently acquired Small Arms Inspection Building;
- hosting the Ontario 55+ Summer Games;
- providing public education about the City’s Active Transportation options to encourage the use of cycling and walking infrastructure; and
- improving the Library’s collection to support the City’s population growth
- The proposed overall tax impact on residents is a 2.81 per cent increase on the 2018 residential property tax bill. Of this, 1.65 per cent is for the City’s services, and 1.16 per cent for Region of Peel services.
- For the owners of an average, detached, single-family home in Mississauga (value $604,000), a 2.81 per cent overall tax increase comes to $144, before any phased-in assessment change.