Regional Council approved the 2008 Current and Capital Budget that includes an operating budget of $1.4 billion; a tax rate increase of 4.3 per cent ($65 per average household) and an average 9 per cent ($33 per average household) increase to the water and wastewater utility rate.
Highlights of the 2008 Budget include:
• 27 additional frontline officers to maintain existing services for a growing population base.
• 7 additional officers to form a new Organized Crime Unit to deal with sophisticated criminal organizations and operations.
• First phase of Region’s non-growth capital sustainability plan.
• 7,008 additional paramedic hours to handle increasing call volumes and maintain emergency response times.
• 41,500 additional accessible transportation trips.
• A new program to help communities deal with emerging human services issues.
• A new Community Recycling Centre in Mississauga.
• Service enhancements in Public Health, including annual dental care services for 1,575 seniors and 7,650 additional children.
The Current Budget also includes $225.1 million for Peel’s water and wastewater program, which requires a 12.5 per cent increase in the water rate and a 5.5 per cent increase in the wastewater rate, effective April 1, 2008. The 9 per cent average increase translates into a $33 increase for an average household and $70 per average small business. A significant portion of this revenue increase will be used by the Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC) and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to protect the natural environment and fight global warming. Residents in Peel will continue to have the lowest combined water and wastewater rates in the Greater Toronto Area.
Tax-supported programs provided by the Region of Peel include Transportation, Long-Term Care, Waste Management, Ontario Works, Housing, Paramedic and Emergency Services, Police, Children’s Services, and Public Health. Utility-supported programs include Water and Wastewater.
For more detailed information on Peel’s 2008 Budget, visit www.region.ca/finance