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Work to determine city’s 2021 budget continues with a review of the proposed operating budget next week

2021 Budget

*Please see below a news release issued by the City of Burlington.

Burlington, Ont. – Feb. 19, 2021 — Work to determine the City of Burlington’s 2021 budget will continue with a review of the proposed operating budget at a meeting of the Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday, Feb. 25 at 9:30 a.m. (if additional time is required).

The proposed city tax increase is 4.99%. When combined with the approved Halton Region increase and the Boards of Education, the overall tax increase is 2.88%, which works out to $21.89 per $100,000 of residential current value assessment.

livestream of the proposed operating budget review meetings on Feb. 23 and 25 (if additional time is required) is available on the City’s website, along with a copy of the report being presented (F-04-21-1).

The city budget consists of both an operating budget for the delivery of services to the community and a capital budget to invest in the construction and renewal of city assets and infrastructure. The city’s 2021 capital budget of $72.1 million, with a 10-year program of $786.4 million, was approved by Burlington City Council on Jan. 19, 2021.


In a challenging budget year where the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is placing considerable pressure on the city’s financial position, community feedback about which services are a priority for residents is important.

Residents were encouraged to provide input and ask questions about the 2021 budget by visiting The 2021 budget webpage featured a variety of information and tools, including an online survey and a new interactive budget simulator tool that enabled users to build a city budget that reflects their resource and service priorities.

A 2021 budget town hall meeting was hosted by Mayor Meed Ward on Jan. 20. A video recording of the town hall meeting is available on


*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist.

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