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2019 Budget and Business Plan

Halton’s annual Budget and Business Plan outlines upcoming strategic investments in Regional programs, services and infrastructure.

front cover of the 2019 Budget & Business Plan

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On January 16, 2019, Halton Regional Council approved the 2019 Budget and Business Plan.

The Region works to deliver annual budgets that keep taxes low while preserving Halton’s strong long-term financial position. The 2019 Budget is based on prudent, forward-looking financial planning principles, and it will support a high quality of life in the community as Council prepares its strategic plan for 2019-2022. The 2019 Budget includes:

  • 1.9 per cent increase in property taxes for Regional programs and services; and
  • 3.7 per cent increase in the water and wastewater rate.

Property taxes

This table reflects the property tax impact of Regional services per $100,000 of a property’s Current Value Assessment (CVA).

2018 Actual 2019 Budget Change
Regional services $181 $184 $3 (1.9%)
Police services* $105 $107 $2 (2.0%)
Total Regional taxes** $286 $291 $5 (1.9%)
  • Schedule may not balance due to rounding.
  • * Approved by Police Services Board
  • ** Based on projected 1.5 per cent assessment growth

Water and wastewater rates

This table shows the average cost increase for a household using 250 m3 of water per year.

2018 Actual 2019 Budget Change *
Water and wastewater $964 $999 $35 (3.7%)
  • *Based on 0.0% consumption growth and 1.5% customer growth

Highlights of investments

The 2019 Budget increases Regional investment in priority areas previously identified by residents and Council. Some of these increases include:

  • Water and Wastewater State-of-Good-Repair Capital Program: $7.7 million to support water and wastewater infrastructure.
  • Transportation State-of-Good-Repair Capital Program: $1.9 million to support Regional roads.
  • Waste management: $791,000 for waste management contracts due to inflation, tonnage growth and organics market pressures.
  • Road maintenance: $777,000 for road maintenance contracts, including $100,000 for three new red light cameras.
  • Relief staff resources: $431,000 for additional relief resources to maintain service levels in Paramedic Services and Services for Seniors.
  • Regional Facilities State-of-Good-Repair Capital Program: $380,000 to maintain Regional facilities.
  • Capacity to prevent and address homelessness: $305,000 to leverage Provincial funding allocated for 2019.
  • Halton Region Community Investment Fund: $300,000 strategic investment to increase funding for programs that support the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents.
  • Emerald Ash Borer: $272,000 to support program implementation by Conservation Halton and Credit Valley Conservation
  • Water and wastewater maintenance: $252,000 to address inflationary increases.