*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.
A 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 getinvolvedburlington.ca. 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 burlington.ca/budget.
RELATED LINKS & RESOURCES:
- Burlington Council Approves 2021 Capital Budget with Investments in Renewal of City Assets and Infrastructure
- Visit burlington.ca/budget for updates and information about the 2021 budget.
- Watch a video to learn more about the pressures the City is facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
*Posted by John Bkila, Mayor’s Media and Digital Communications Specialist.