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For Immediate Release:
December 16, 2011
 
 

Regionís Budget Delivers Services to a Growing Population

BRAMPTON, ON. (Dec. 15, 2011) Ė 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.

ďThe Region of Peelís 2012 Budget supports the resources to effectively execute Councilís Strategic Plan and Term of Council Priorities,Ē said Emil Kolb, Regional Chair. ďDelivering an appropriate balance of services is at the heart of our integrated planning process. It supports Councilís commitment to ensure the right decisions are made for Peel citizens, while reflecting an emphasis on controlling costs.Ē

In early 2011, as part of the Regionís long-term integrated planning process, Regional Council renewed the Strategic Plan and established 24 priorities for this term of Council. The Regionís 2012 budget was developed from the priorities set by Council this term, plus various policy directions provided by Council throughout the year.

The Regionís 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.

ďWe continue to build the publicís trust and confidence in our ability to responsibly manage their tax dollars, while providing services that make sense,Ē said Richard Whitehead, Regional Councillor and Management Committee Chair. ďThe Regionís responsibility is to its citizens, ensuring the communityís needs are met while minimizing tax increases. Decisions made today must be affordable in the future.Ē

2012 Services

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 Peelís 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 Regionís 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).

Visit peelregion.ca/finance for more information about the Region's 2012 Budget

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

For more information:
905-791-7800
peelregion.ca

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:


Natalie Daniel
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4478
natalie.daniel@peelregion.ca

Norma Trim
Chief Financial Officer & Commissioner of Corporate Services
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4258
norma.trim@peelregion.ca

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail


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