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More Transit, Increased Public Safety are Highlights of the Approved 2019 Budget

Today, Mississauga City Council approved the 2019 – 2022 Business Plan and 2019 Budget. The impact of the budget is an $83.08 increase on the City’s portion of the property tax on an average residential property valued at $645,000 or $12.88 per $100,000 of assessment.“This year’s budget proves that Mississauga is working. We have a solid financial plan that will allow us to invest in our City while providing the quality local services our residents have come to rely on,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “We heard from our residents what was most important to them and designed our budget accordingly. From investing in public transit and safety, to better managing traffic signals to improving housing affordability, this year’s budget makes strategic investments while ensuring programs and services continue to be delivered in a cost-effective manner. Over the past decade, we have saved taxpayers nearly $55 million and this year, we are projected to save an additional $3 million. I want to thank our dedicated staff, my Council colleagues and our community for working together to help lay the groundwork for Mississauga’s bright and promising future.”  In 2019, Mississauga residents will see more transit service hours, additional transit security and public safety and more proactive fire prevention education. This is in addition to road, traffic and other infrastructure improvements, winter road maintenance, recreation programs, libraries and parks. “Service excellence, fiscal responsibility and continuous improvement are key elements of our business planning and budgeting activity,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “This, combined with the expertise and professionalism demonstrated by our staff, helps us build on our progress and advance our city building priorities. We have realized $3.1 million in cost savings in this budget. This is equivalent to reducing the City tax levy by 0.6 per cent.”   Highlights of the 2019 Business Plan and Budget:

  • The total increase in Mississauga’s residential property tax will be 2.90 per cent. The increase includes 1.56 per cent for City services and 1.34 per cent for Region of Peel services.
  • The City advances on its Strategic Plan in 2019 by adding approximately $9.9 million worth of new services, including: 
    • 31,000 additional MiWay service hours
    • increased investment in transit enforcement and public safety
    • continued redevelopment of the Small Arms Inspection Building, the City’s newest arts and cultural facility
  • Council did not approve the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Capital Funding Levy of $1 million in the 2019 Budget.

StormwaterThe 2019 Stormwater Program operating budget, excluding transfers to reserves, is $11.96 million. Highlights of the business plan include development of a comprehensive asset management plan, infrastructure improvements, flood relief improvement projects and community outreach activities. The Stormwater Charge rate for 2019 is $106.1 per stormwater billing unit.   For more details on the City’s budget and the budgeting process, visit mississauga.ca/budget.

City Program Cancellations and Facility Closures Due to Winter Storm

As a result of a significant snow event, all City of Mississauga recreation, culture and library programs are cancelled as of 3 p.m. today and throughout the evening. Meadowvale Theatre, the Small Arms Inspection Building and the City’s museums will also be closed this evening.

Community Centres (including fitness centres), arenas and the Paramount Fine Foods Centre and libraries will remain open to the public. Rentals will continue.

In addition, two committees of City Council are cancelled. The Planning and Development Committee meeting scheduled for tonight and the Road Safety Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday morning have been cancelled. 

Please follow @mississaugarec on Twitter or check the recreation website for details on registered and drop-in programs. 
Please follow @mississaugalib on Twitter or check on the library website for details on library programs.
Please follow @SaugaCulture on Twitter or check on the culture website for details on culture programs and facilities.

The City’s Animal Services shelter will close at 4 p.m. instead of at 5 p.m.

As a result of the current weather, MiWay is experiencing delays on several routes. We appreciate your patience throughout the day and evening commute.

The City of Mississauga has declared a Significant Weather Event under Regulation 239/02, Minimum Maintenance Standards for Municipal Highways (Municipal Act). Winter maintenance crews have been deployed to maintain road safety. Due to the significant snowfall expected, levels of service will be placed on hold for the duration of the declaration to ensure that crews can focus on areas of immediate need. Residents should exercise caution when travelling on roads and sidewalks as snow clearing may take longer to complete. Crews will focus on keeping major roads clear for the duration of the storm so that emergency vehicles and transit can operate safely. Once completed, crews will move on to clearing residential roads, priority sidewalks and bus stops.

Temporary parking permits have been suspended and new ones will not be issued until further notice. Residents are asked to remove their parked vehicles from streets so that staff and equipment can safely clear roads.

For continued updates, follow @MississaugaSnow on Twitter, visit mississauga.ca/snow and download the Mississauga Roads App to track our snow plows and salt trucks online.

We will continue to post updates on our website mississauga.caTwitter and Facebook.

City Seeks Feedback on Draft Transportation Master Plan

The City is seeking input from residents and stakeholders on the draft version of its first long-range Transportation Master Plan.

Beginning in 2017, the City’s Mississauga Moves project asked the community to share their thoughts on the future planning of roads, sidewalks, trails and transit. This input was considered along with research and data analysis to develop a plan to guide the City’s investment in and stewardship of the transportation system from today to 2041.

The draft Transportation Master Plan offers a vision of ‘Freedom to Move’ for the future of transportation in Mississauga, achieved through the pursuit of six goals:

  • Safety: freedom from harm
  • Inclusion: freedom from barriers
  • Integration: freedom of choice
  • Connectivity: freedom of access
  • Resilience: freedom to evolve
  • Health: freedom to flourish

Nearly 100 action items are proposed that can move Mississauga toward these goals. The draft plan is available for comment online at www.mississaugamoves.cauntil February 4, 2019. The City will also host an open house and drop-in centre for anyone wishing to engage in person with the team or review the Plan highlights in print. The City will review the feedback and make any appropriate revisions to the Plan before presenting the final version to Council for approval in spring 2019.

Open House and Drop-in Centre for Transportation Master Plan

What: 

Public Open House and Drop-In Centre for the Transportation Master Plan

When: 

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Open House
3 – 8 p.m. 
Presentation boards on display. Staffed with city representatives and consultants to answer questions.  

Wednesday, January 30 – Friday, February 1, 2019
Drop-in Centre
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
This is an opportunity to view the presentation boards and provide written comments.  

Saturday, February 2 – Sunday, February 3, 2019
Drop-in Centre 
12 – 4 p.m.
This is an opportunity to view the presentation boards and provide written comments.  

Where:

Great Hall
Mississauga Civic Centre
300 City Centre Dr.
Mississauga, ON  
[MAP]

Can’t Make the Open House?
Visit mississaugamoves.ca before February 4, 2019 to view the draft Transportation Master Plan and share your feedback online.

Now Available Online – Mississauga’s Proposed 2019 Business Plan and Budget

The City of Mississauga’s 2019 proposed Business Plan and Budget is now available online at mississauga.ca/budget. It describes the City’s proposed program and service enhancements and how they will be funded for 2019.

Highlights
The total proposed 2019 operating budget is $874.2 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g., transit fares, recreation fees and development charges) totalling $362.5 million. The property tax funds the budget amount not covered by these revenues.

The proposed overall impact is a 2.75 per cent increase on the 2019 residential property tax bill. Of this, 1.69 per cent is for the City’s services and, based on the target set by Regional Council, 1.07 per cent for Region of Peel services. 

The proposed 2019 net operating budget is $511.6 million, compared with $485.2 million in 2018. This represents an increase of approximately $26.4 million over 2018.

The majority of the 2019 gross operating budget, or $847.1 million, is targeted to keep the City’s services operating at current levels.

  • MiWay – Ontario’s third largest municipal transit service, MiWay operates 81 routes with 500 buses. Customers board a MiWay bus over 55 million times per year.
  • Fire and Emergency Services – responds to an average of 29,000 incidents  each year; conducted over 8,200 fire safety inspections in 2017 to ensure Fire Code compliance and completed 1,298 building permit applications to ensure compliance with fire and life safety requirements stated in the Ontario Building Code.
  • Roads – keeping motor vehicle, pedestrian and bike traffic moving on the City’s 5,660 lane kilometres of road network; maintaining a cycle network that includes approximately 500 kilometres of multi-use trails, park paths, bicycle lanes and signed bike routes.
  • Parks and Forestry – maintaining our City’s 3,121 hectares of parkland and open space, including one million City-owned trees, 356 sports fields, 263 playgrounds, two marinas and 11 publicly-owned cemeteries.
  • Library Services – includes the Central Library and 17 branch libraries that saw 4.5 million in-person visits and 6.1 million loans, including digital loans; 161,000 people attended library programs in 2017.
  • Recreation – providing over 180,000 hours of programs each year, including swimming, fitness, skating and more; accommodated 13.3 million visits last year to Recreation facilities, including 11 community centres.
     

Proposed new services account for $9.9 million. This includes:

  • a contribution to a new four-year Public Safety Fire Reserve Fund that accounts for $4.9 million in 2019. 
  • continuing MiWay service growth, adding 31,000 service hours at a cost of $1.13 million.
  • addressing pressure on existing MiWay service that will result from construction for the new Light Rail Transit (LRT) line along the Hurontario corridor.
  • transit and public safety priorities, with over 13,870 additional hours of security staff time.
  • using funds raised through Mississauga’s Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) to support the City’s Tourism Unit and cover the cost to increase arts spending per capita over the next four years, fund Culture grant programs (Arts and Culture, Cultural Festivals and Celebrations, Heritage and Project grants) and live music initiatives.
  • the Central Library redevelopment project with infrastructure for more modern and future-focused digital offerings; redevelopment of underutilized and ancillary spaces and expansion of the fourth floor.
  • operating the recently-opened Small Arms Inspection Building, the City’s newest cultural facility.

 For the owners of an average detached, single-family home in 2018 valued at $645,000, a 2.75 per cent overall tax increase comes to $146.32, before any phased-in assessment change.  On December 5, the City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee will begin discussions on the proposed 2019 Business Plan and Budget. The City has set aside January 14, 15, 21, 22 and 28, 2019 to continue the discussions. Residents can address the Budget Committee through deputation by contacting the City Clerk’s Office. Council is expected to approve the proposed 2019 Business Plan and Budget on February 6, 2019. The Budget Committee meeting schedule may change. Please visit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings for up-to-date information.
 There are many ways to get involved and have your say on the City’s proposed 2019 Budget: