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The following are Decisions made by Regional Council on Thursday, December 12, 2013.

 Topics in this Issue:
- Regional Council Passes 2014 Budget
- Affordable Transit Pass Pilot Program
- Fleet Services for Credit Valley Conservation Authority

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Regional Council - Budget
Regional Council Passes 2014 Budget

Regional Council approved the 2014 Operating and Capital Budget of $3.3 billion which recommends an overall net tax levy increase of 1.5 per cent. The tax levy, when applied to the Regional portion (42 per cent) of the overall property tax bill, will result in a 0.6 per cent tax increase for property owners and businesses in Peel.

Utility users will see a 7 per cent increase to their water and wastewater bill - which translates to an annual increase of $39 for the average household and $94 for small businesses.

The 2014 Operating Budget of $2 billion includes expenditures to maintain existing service levels and to introduce enhanced services to meet increased community needs. Operating spending includes services such as garbage collection, police and paramedics, long term care homes and community support services for seniors, affordable housing, accessible transportation and roads, water and wastewater, child care subsidies and supports for children with special needs, public health initiatives, financial and employment assistance (Ontario Works), conservation, community investment initiatives and PAMA (Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives).

The 2014 Capital Budget of $1.3 billion provides the resources to acquire, improve or maintain major capital assets such as Regional road networks, waste management initiatives, water and wastewater treatment facilities and transmission mains, as well as the buildings and infrastructure to operate Regional services for the wider community.

For more information about the 2014 Budget, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/corpserv/stratplan/2014/budget.htm

(RCB-2013-16 to RCB-2013-19 inclusive)

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Human Services
Affordable Transit Pass Pilot Program


Regional Council received a report from the Commissioner of Human Services advising of a one-year affordable transit pass pilot program in the Cities of Brampton and Mississauga.

Transit affordability remains a significant barrier for many individuals and families in the Region of Peel. The Region of Peel, in partnership with Brampton Transit and Mississauga MiWay Transit is creating a 12 month affordable transit pass pilot program for Ontario Works clients in Brampton and Mississauga.

The 12 month program will offer a discount on the equivalent of a monthly transit pass on the Presto Card which can be used throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Up to 500 Presto Cards will be issued during the duration of the pilot program. The pilot program will be monitored and evaluated to assess the impact of reduced fares on Ontario Works clients.

For more information about the Transit Pass Pilot Program, please visit: http://www.peelregion.ca/council/agendas/pdf/rc-20131212/report-hs-a1.pdf

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Public Works
Fleet Services for Credit Valley Conservation Authority


Regional Council received an update from staff on the opportunity for the Region of Peel to provide fleet services to the Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVC).

The Public Works fleet operation currently provides service to all Regional vehicles, with the exception of Peel Regional Police. The CVC currently leases its fleet and purchases fuel and maintenance through various vendors. Staff from the Region of Peel and CVC investigated opportunities for efficiencies in the areas of fleet procurement, reserve fund management, maintenance and repairs, as well as provision of fuel at wholesale rates for CVC consumption.

Staff’s analysis showed that the CVC would experience annual savings which would increase over time as more of the leased fleet was converted to Region owned. In 2014, it is expected that over $35,000 in savings would be realized as result of the partnership between the Region of Peel and CVC. The savings are expected to increase to over $100,000 annually once the full upfront cash outlay is repaid, and the savings would continue into the future as long as the partnership arrangement is in place.

Staff will report to a future meeting of Regional Council with a proposed funding mechanism for the initial investment which would be required over a four-year period.

For more information about Fleet Services for Credit Valley Conservation Authority, please visit:http://www.peelregion.ca/council/agendas/pdf/rc-20131212/report-pw-b1.pdf

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Meetings at a Glance

Next Regional Council Meeting
Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 9:30 a.m.

Next Aging Population Term of Council
Priority Steering Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Next Accessibility Advisory Committee
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

All meetings are held in the Region of Peel Council Chamber, Fifth Floor, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite A, Brampton, unless otherwise noted.

For additional information on any of the items in Decisions, please contact the Region of Peel, Clerk's at 905-791-7800, ext. 4526.

Decisions is published after each Regional Council meeting.
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Revised: Tuesday December 24 2013


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