Brampton ratepayers are looking at a proposed 2.7 per cent increase – or $126 more than last year – on their tax bill next year based on the average residential assessment.
The amount is part of the preliminary total tax bill which also includes the Region of Peel and the component for education. The average rate of assessment is for a home valued at $471,000. The Brampton portion of the bill is an $80 increase based on the average assessment.
The budget will now go before a public process beginning November 27 with a series of meetings and culminates on December 13 with a special council meeting when local politicians are expected to give their approval. Along the way the numbers could change based on public input and the desires of city councillors.
“The proposed budget is a result of several months of planning and involves community input received through surveys, public engagement, events and day-to-day services,” said Brampton Regional Councillor Grant Gibson, chair of the budget committee. “There are many opportunities for the public to ensure that the proposed budget reflects our residents’ and businesses’ ideas for Brampton’s future.”
Highlights of the budget include funds for the “reimagining” of downtown Brampton designed to bring pedestrians and cyclists a friendlier streetscape that integrates well with improved public transit.
Other initiatives the budget addresses are increasing the number of buses, adding more fire trucks, improving recreational programs and contributing funds to post-secondary facilities.
The proposed budget that gives an outlook throughout 2020 can be viewed online at www.brampton.ca/budget for public review and comments.