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MISSISSAUGA’S PROPOSED 2020 – 2023 BUSINESS PLAN AND 2020 BUDGET NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE

Proposed Budget Represents A 3.84% Increase Over 2019

The City of Mississauga’s proposed 2020 – 2023 Business Plan and 2020 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.

Highlights

The total proposed 2020 operating budget is $926.1 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g., transit fares, recreation fees, and building permit fees) totalling $387.4 million. The property tax funds the budget amount not covered by these revenues.

The proposed overall impact is a 3.84 per cent increase on the 2020 residential property tax bill. Of this, 1.74 per cent is for the City’s services and, based upon the proposed budget provided to Regional Council, 2.1  per cent for Region of Peel services. 

Every 1 per cent of City tax increase is about $19.50 per average residence, or $2.84 per $100,000 of assessment.

The proposed 2020 net operating budget is $538.7 million – about $27.8 million higher than the 2019 Budget.

The 2020 expenditure budget is targeted to keep the City’s services operating at current levels including: 

•           MiWay – Ontario’s third largest municipal transit service, MiWay operates 79 routes with 500 buses; customers board a MiWay bus over 57 million times per year

•           Fire and Emergency Services – responds to an average of 30,000 incidents each year; conducted 9,256 fire safety inspections in 2018 to ensure Fire Code compliance and completed 1,703 building permit applications to ensure compliance with fire and life safety requirements 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 570 kilometres of multi-use trails, park paths, bicycle lanes and signed bike routes

•           Parks, Forestry & Environment – maintaining our City’s 3,154 hectares of parkland and open space, including City-owned trees, 371 sports fields, 265 playgrounds, two marinas and 11 publicly-owned cemeteries

•           Library Services – includes the Central Library and 17 branch libraries that saw 4.3 million in-person visits and 6.1 million loans in 2018 including digital loans; 152,000 people attended library programs in 2018

•           Recreation – providing over 200,000 hours of programming such as swimming, fitness, skating and more each year; accommodated 13 million visits last year to Recreation facilities, including 11 community centres

The City advances on its strategic plan in 2020 by adding about $4.6 million worth of new services, including: 

•           Continuing MiWay service growth, adding 32,600 service hours, providing some new services, streamlining routes, integrating transit hubs, improving off-peak service levels and addressing overcrowding on existing routes 

•           Opening of the Churchill Meadows Community Centre which includes a triple gymnasium, indoor pool, warm water therapeutic tank, multi-purpose spaces, a teaching kitchen and change rooms servicing the adjacent sports fields and seasonal dome 

•           Increasing public safety by introducing attendants at the Celebration Square fountain which will allow for first aid support and supplies and the ability to implement emergency communication as required by Public Pool Regulations 

•           Modernizing Library technology by enhancing online access, supporting the repair and replacement of the musical instrument lending library and expanding Mississauga Maker learning opportunities 

•           Adopting Vision Zero, a framework which focuses on the prevention and ultimately the elimination of pedestrian, cyclist and motorist injuries and fatalities on the City’s roads 

•           Using funds raised through Mississauga’s Municipal Accommodation Tax (MAT) to fund Culture grant programs (Arts and Culture, Festivals and Celebrations, Heritage and Project grants)

The proposed Stormwater Rate per billing unit for 2020 is $108.20, effective April 1, 2020. 

•           The City has over 2,100 kilometres of storm sewer pipes, over 51,000 catch basins, 250 kilometres of ditches, 32 creeks and 64 Stormwater management facilities in its drainage system, at a total replacement value of close to $2.2 billion

On November 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. the City of Mississauga’s Budget Committee will begin discussions on the proposed 2020 Business Plan and Budget.

The Budget Committee meeting schedule may change. Please visit the Council and Committee Calendar Listings for up-to-date information.

Learn more about the City’s 2020 Business Plan and Budget and what they mean to you as a taxpayer:

•           Visit mississauga.ca/budget  and see what you get for your tax dollars 

•           Read an overview of the 2020 preliminary Business Plan & Budget that was presented to Budget Committee on June 26, 2019

•           Watch or attend Budget Committee deliberations scheduled for November 18, 19, 25, 26 and 27 with a Council vote to approve the budget planned at the December 4, 2019 Special Council Meeting at 9:30 a.m.* 

* Budget Committee meeting schedules are subject to change.

Choose from several ways to get involved and share your thoughts:   

•           Have a question or comment – email us atbudget@mississauga.ca

•           Follow the City on Facebook and Twitter

•           Attend a Budget Committee meeting or watch online.             

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MISSISSAUGA READY FOR INVESTING IN CANADA INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM

Today, Mississauga’s General Committee identified and approved the projects the City will submit for consideration under the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). According to the funding criteria outlined by the Government of Canada, the ICIP is a ten-year federal infrastructure program designed to create long-term economic growth, build inclusive, sustainable and resilient communities and support a low-carbon economy. 

The federal government is providing $33 billion through the ICIP to cost-share projects under four streams: 1. Public Transit; 2. Community, Culture and Recreation; 3. Green Infrastructure and 4. Rural and Northern Communities. The City of Mississauga is not eligible for the fourth stream.

“Infrastructure funding investments are important and help us build strong, vibrant communities. This funding will allow us to build a transit and transportation system that is convenient, connected, and reliable for those who live and work here. We’ve heard from residents about their priorities and we are in a strong position to put forward projects that we are confident will be approved by the federal and provincial governments. This will be the largest investment we’ve made in public transit to date with an $847.5 million total cost for the projects we’re putting forward. These projects include Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lanes along our Lakeshore and Dundas corridors, as well as the purchase of 409 new hybrid-electric buses to green our transit fleet and help us hit our GHG reduction targets. In addition, we will be applying for almost $133 million for community and recreational infrastructure projects such as the rehabilitation of the Public Marina and Waterfront Park development, and the South Common Community Centre and Library. We’ve been working hard to ensure Mississauga is at the table with both the federal and provincial governments and that they are aware and understand our priorities and most importantly, why Mississauga matters.”

Mayor Bonnie Crombie

Under the Public Transit stream, a total of $339 million in federal funding and $282.5 million in provincial funding has been allocated to the City of Mississauga over the next 10 years. The primary focus is for new transit projects and active transportation infrastructure directly connected to the public transit system.

The Community, Culture and Recreation stream is different as it is application based with no guarantee that projects will be approved. The program will provide approximately $407 million in federal funding and $320 million in provincial funding to support projects across Ontario that improve access to and quality of community, cultural and recreation infrastructure.

“We are able to respond quickly and put forward a list of projects for Council’s consideration as result of our deliberate, consistent and detailed capital budget planning,” said Janice Baker, City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. “For transit in particular, this funding program is helping to provide the predictable and sustainable infrastructure funding needed to grow, maintain and improve our current transit systems. Projects for both streams were selected based on the program criteria and knowing they could not begin until after ICIP approval is received and that they must be substantially complete by March 2027.”

List of proposed City projects:

ICIP – Public Transit Stream ProjectsTotal Cost
Bus replacement program$359.7 M
Dundas BRT lanes – Confederation to Etobicoke$305.7M
Lakeshore BRT lanes – Deta Rd. to East Ave.$54.6M
Express Corridors$49.5M
Bus Maintenance/Rehab$44.1M
Presto$10M
CAD/AVL/HASTUS$9M
Cycle Tracks$4M
Bus Shelters$3.8M
Farebox Refurbishment$2M
Bus Terminals$1.6M
Bus stops/pads$1M
Enhanced Partitions$0.7M
Mini Terminals/Bays$0.7M
MiWay Signs$0.7M
Transit Vehicles (non-buses)$0.4M
Revenue Equipment Replacement$0.1M
Total Cost$847.5M
  
ICIP – Community, Culture and Recreation Stream Projects
South Common Community Centre and Library$61.6M
Public Marina and Waterfront Park$71.3M
Total Cost$132.9M

Council previously approved the projects for the Public Transit stream and the City submitted the required initial documents as per the October 24, 2019 deadline. The proposed projects for the Community, Culture and Recreation stream will be going forward to Council on November 6 for final approval and will be submitted by the deadline of November 12, 2019.

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WASTE REDUCTION WEEK IS BACK! DROP OFF UNWANTED CLOTHING AND ELECTRONICS AT 14 CITY FACILITIES

The City of Mississauga is partnering with Partners in Project Green, a program with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, to host its fourth annual Recycling Collection Drive for Waste Reduction Week. From October 21 to 27, Mississauga residents can drop off unwanted electronics, clothing and textiles in bins located at 14 City facilities.

A weeklong Recycling Collection Drive. Residents can drop off:

·         Clothing and textiles: clothing, hats, bags, belts, ties, footwear, bedding, pillows, linens, curtains and sleeping bags.

·         Electronic recyclables (excluding CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes): laptops, desktop computers, monitors, keyboards/mice, cell phones, electronic accessories, audio and visual equipment, network equipment, video game consoles, wires, scanners, cable receivers, portable digital music players, televisions, batteries, fax machines, medical devices, printers, toner and ink cartridges.

Drop-off locations include: Mississauga Civic CentreMississauga Central LibraryGarry W. Morden Training Centre and the City’s 11 community centresBurnhamthorpeCarmen CorbassonClarksonErin MeadowsFrank McKechnieHuron ParkMalton,MeadowvaleMississauga ValleyRiver Grove and South Common.

Learn more about the City’s environmental priorities and vision by following Mississauga Green on Twitter (@MiLivingGreen) or visit mississauga.ca/environment.

All clothing items will be donated to Diabetes Canada and all electronics will be collected for recycling byOntario Electronic Stewardship’s Recovery Program.

Residents are also encouraged to use the Mississauga Battery Recycling program. All year long, battery-recycling bins can be found at the customer service area of City libraries and community centres.

Waste Reduction Week is a year-round program that aims to celebrate Canada’s environmental achievements. The program also educates Canadians on how to reduce waste, preserve natural resources and address climate change and water pollution.

In 2018, 7.5 tonnes of recyclables were collected during Waste Reduction Week in Mississauga, and a combined 15 tonnes have been collected since 2016.

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Get Ahead of Winter with the Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program

Some Mississauga residents can get ahead of winter and start applying for the City’s Driveway Windrow Snow Clearing Program. The program provides snow clearing assistance by clearing a space in the windrow for residents 65 years or older and for people with physical disabilities.

A windrow is a pile of snow left at the end of a driveway after a snow plow has cleared a road. Eligible residents have until 9 p.m. on November 8, 2019 to apply for this year’s program.

“We encourage eligible residents to take advantage of this opportunity so that snow clearing and getting out of their driveway is made easier for them this winter,” said Mickey Frost, Director, Works Operations and Maintenance. “As this program only accepts a maximum of 300 applicants on a first-come first-serve basis, residents should apply as soon as they can to secure their spot.”

More details about the program:

·       The program will run from December 2, 2019 to March 27, 2020.

·       Windrow snow clearing will be completed up to 36 hours after a snowfall has ended.

·       A space in the windrow will be cleared (about three metres or 10 feet wide) to allow one car to get in and out of the driveway.

·       Free for eligible residents who require financial assistance and $200 for those who don’t.

·       Only one person per address can apply.

Visit mississauga.ca/windrow to download the application form. Completed applications can be submitted to any community centre, the Mississauga Seniors’ Centre or the Recreation Customer Service Centre located at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.

For more information, visit mississauga.ca/windrow.