Region’s Budget Delivers Services to a Growing Population
BRAMPTON, ON. (Dec. 15, 2011) – Regional Council unanimously approved a modest increase in the budget for 2012 to address priority services while minimizing the property tax impact for Peel residents and businesses.
“The Region of Peel’s 2012 Budget supports the resources to effectively execute Council’s Strategic Plan and Term of Council Priorities,” said Emil Kolb, Regional Chair. “Delivering an appropriate balance of services is at the heart of our integrated planning process. It supports Council’s commitment to ensure the right decisions are made for Peel citizens, while reflecting an emphasis on controlling costs.”
In early 2011, as part of the Region’s long-term integrated planning process, Regional Council renewed the Strategic Plan and established 24 priorities for this term of Council. The Region’s 2012 budget was developed from the priorities set by Council this term, plus various policy directions provided by Council throughout the year.
The Region’s budget includes a $1.7 billion current budget and an $856 million capital budget. The current budget provides resources to support day-to-day operations. The capital budget provides resources to acquire, improve or maintain land, buildings, roads, watermains, pumping stations, machinery and equipment, to install computer software, and to conduct studies relating to corporate assets.
“We continue to build the public’s trust and confidence in our ability to responsibly manage their tax dollars, while providing services that make sense,” said Richard Whitehead, Regional Councillor and Management Committee Chair. “The Region’s responsibility is to its citizens, ensuring the community’s needs are met while minimizing tax increases. Decisions made today must be affordable in the future.”
The 2012 Budget provides funding to support the following services in Peel:
- 15,800 Ontario Works cases per month
- 45 ambulances on the road at peak times to respond to 86,520 9-1-1 calls annually
- 463,000 Accessible Transportation trips
- 16,031 social housing units, 533 beds/units in homelessness shelters, 263 assisted home ownerships
- 4,000 subsidized child care spaces with 800 spaces for children with special needs
- 1,578 lane kilometres of roads, 149 structures and 423 signalized intersections
- Over 500,000 tonnes of waste managed per year
- 703 beds available or 257,298 resident days of care in five long term care homes
- 238,580 immunization records reviewed
- 50,000 children provided with dental screening;
11,000 in need of urgent treatment
- 9,190 health inspections at 5,408 food premises
- 600 million litres/day of wastewater collected and treated for approximately 290,000 customer accounts
- 607 million litres/day of municipal water treated, transmitted, and distributed to over 296,600 retail
and wholesale customer accounts
- Effective and visible policing services responding to over 230,000 calls for service in Mississauga and Brampton by Peel Regional Police; and 20,000 by Ontario Provincial Police in Caledon, annually
- Responsible management of over 1,254 square kilometres of Peel’s water, land and natural habitats through Conservation Authorities
The 2012 Budget also supports these service level increases:
- 34,000 more trips for Accessible Transportation services
- 9.5 more paramedics to respond to an additional 2,500 9-1-1 calls
- Enhancements to resident care in long term care homes
- Investments in housing
2012 Property Tax
For Residents: Residential property owners will see a 0.6% tax increase (or $22 per average household assessed at $388,500) for the Region’s portion of the municipal tax bill.
For Small Businesses: The small business owner in Peel will see a 0.4% tax increase (or $41 per average small business assessed at $500,000).
2012 Utility Rate
For Residents: The residential utility rate for water and wastewater services will increase 8.0% (or $39 increase per average household).
For Small Businesses: The small business owner in Peel will see an increase of 8.0% on the Utility Rate bill (or $94 per average small business).
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The Region of Peel provides community and infrastructure services to address the priority needs of approximately 1.3 million people and 86,000 businesses in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga
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