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For Immediate Release:
December 7, 2012
 
 

Regional Council Holds the Line on Taxes - 0.5 Per Cent Tax Hike

Budget Focuses on Well-Being with Right Services at Best Value

BRAMPTON, ON. (December 7, 2012) Peel Regional Council approved a 0.5 per cent property tax hike for residents and small businesses. The increase is needed to meet demands on services and programs and keep critical infrastructure in good repair.

The property tax bill for an average home assessed at $388,500 will increase $22 a year. Peel's utility rates will increase by an average yearly bill of $32 per household, reflecting a seven per cent increase. Even with the increase, the Region has the lowest water rates in the Greater Toronto Area.

"From the water we drink, wash with and bathe in, to the roads and sidewalks we drive and walk on, to the garbage and yard waste that are recycled, to the police and paramedics who keep us safe and healthy, we have a properly served community and this is a responsible budget that Council supports," said Emil Kolb, Regional Chair and CEO of the Region. "The lives of people are at the heart of what we do. And this budget is considerate of the people who pay and the people we serve, every minute of every day."

The Region's annual budget is developed from the 24 priorities established by Regional Council at the beginning of its term and reviewed throughout the year to determine policy directions. The Operating Budget outlines the funding needed to support day-to-day operations and is affected by the economy and inflation, for instance gas prices. The Capital Budget makes sure the right equipment, buildings, water mains and pipes, pumping stations, roads, information technology and land are maintained or acquired, as needed. For 2013, Council approved an Operating Budget of $1.9 billion and a Capital Budget of $930 million.

"The Region provides critical and essential services that are cost-effective and cost-efficient," said Richard Whitehead, Regional Councillor and Management Committee Chair. "We are still facing challenging economic times, inflation, and a growing and changing population. And we are striving and succeeding at providing the best quality services and programs that our citizens need, at the right time and for the best value."

"Our 2013 business plan ensures long-term financial sustainability for the Region of Peel," said Norma Trim, Chief Financial Officer & Commissioner of Corporate Services. "It reflects our commitment to being citizen focused, maintaining and improving existing services, and being fiscally responsible and financially stable. Council's prudent financial management decisions have allowed Peel to maintain its Triple-A (AAA) credit rating, and more importantly, a high level of customer satisfaction, trust and confidence."

Anyone can visit peelregion.ca/finance/ for more information about the Region's 2013 Budget, including tax rates for business.

BACKGROUND

2013 Services
The 2013 Budget provides funding to support the following services in Peel:

  • 17,000 Ontario Works cases per month
  • 49 ambulances on the road at peak times to respond to 90,228 9-1-1 calls annually
  • 500,000 Accessible Transportation Trips
  • 17,766 social housing units/beds/homes
  • 4,420 subsidized child care spaces with 800 spaces for children with special needs
  • 1,643-lane kilometres of roads, 169 structures and 437 signalized intersections
  • More than 500,000 tonnes of waste managed per year
  • 703 beds available or 256,595 resident days of care in five long term care homes
  • 50,000 children provided with dental screening, 11,000 in need of urgent treatment
  • 242,932 immunization records reviewed
  • 9,840 health inspections at 5,517 food premises
  • 6,000 individuals educated and outreach to 6,300 seniors on Peel's cultural heritage through Peel's Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
  • 600 million litres per day of wastewater collected and treated for approximately 300,000 customer accounts
  • 570 million litres per day of municipal water treated, transmitted, and distributed to over 301,400 retail and wholesale customer accounts
  • Effective and visible policing services responding to over 231,000 calls for service in Mississauga and Brampton by Peel Regional Police; and 18,000 by Ontario Provincial Police in Caledon annually
  • Through Conservation Authorities, responsible management of Peel's water, land and natural habitats over 1,254-square kilometres

The 2013 Budget also supports these service-level increases:

  • 37,000 more trips for Accessible Transportation services
  • 420 more child-care subsidies
  • The newly expanded Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
  • New Heartlake Community Recycling Centre

2013 Property Tax Impact

For Residents: Residential property owners will see a 0.5 per cent 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 0.5 per cent tax increase (or $38 per average small business assessed at $500,000).

2013 Utility Rate Impact

For Residents: The residential utility rate for water and wastewater services will increase by 7 per cent (or $32 increase per average household):

  • 1 per cent goes to operations
  • 6 per cent to support state of good repair of Regional utility assets

For Small Businesses: The small business owner in Peel will see an increase of 7 per cent on the utility rate bill (or $81 per average small business)

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region provides a broad range of community and infrastructure services that address the priority needs of approximately 1.3 million people and 86,000 businesses in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

For more information on the Region of Peel, call 905-791-7800 or visit peelregion.ca.

Visit peelregion.ca/finance for more information about the Region's 2013 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.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Cliff Luis
Communication Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4570
cliff.luis@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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www.peelregion.ca

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