The City of Brampton’s Proposed 2020 Budget is now available online. The Proposed 2020 Budget supports the Term of Council priorities, advancing Brampton as a Well-Run City, a Green City, a Healthy and Safe City, a City of Opportunities, and a Mosaic. Budget deliberations will begin at 1 pm on February 18, with final Budget approval set for 7 pm on February 26.
A full list of key dates for Budget Committee meetings, Budget highlights, and the full Budget proposal are available on the city website. The city welcomes public review and feedback on the Proposed 2020 Budget.
The city’s baseline proposal to the Budget Committee is a 1.2% net budget increase for 2020 compared to 2019. If approved, this would result in a Brampton property tax increase of 0.5%, or an average of $27 per household, to fund the City’s 2020 Budget.
“Brampton’s Proposed 2020 Budget is guided by the Term of Council Priorities, and focused on delivering high-quality programs and services, harnessing growth opportunities, and being agile and responsive to national and global trends. Operational efficiencies and revenue growth have helped reasonably offset property tax increases in this draft scenario going to Budget Committee. The city is committed to holding open and transparent Budget discussions and welcomes the input of Brampton residents in this important City-building process,” said David Barrick, Chief Administrative Officer.
On their property tax bill, taxpayers will see a total tax increase of 1.8%, or an average of $91 per household. This is a combined total, including the City of Brampton’s 0.5%, the Region of Peel and Peel District School Board.
During Budget deliberations, the Committee may review scenarios for additional efficiencies or investments.
Key highlights of the 2020 Budget proposal
• $136M over three years for the purchase of 120 new buses: 88 for growth and 32 replacement buses for aging fleet
• $41M for updates to City roads and active transportation paths to move people in safer ways that reflect our commitment to being a Green City
• $9.8M over three years to improve sportsfields, trails and playgrounds at local City parks
• $650,000 over three years for photo radar in community safe zones to ensure a safer city
• $9M over three years for LED retrofit of streetlights for more efficient energy consumption
• $8M over three years for the Queen Street Rapid Transit Preliminary Design
• $2.9M over three years for the Hurontario Main-Street LRT to pave the way for better regional connectivity
• $2M for two new Youth Centres at Century Gardens and South Fletcher’s Recreation Centres
• $5M over five years for the Ryerson Innovation Zone in Downtown Brampton
• $9.8M over three years for upgrades to firefighting equipment and Brampton Fire trucks for a more rapid and reliable fire response
The city encourages residents, businesses and stakeholders to review the proposed budget and provide your feedback in any of the following ways:
• Send an email: Ask a question or provide a comment at email@example.com.
• Pick up the phone: Call 311 or download the Brampton 311 app (available on App Store and Google Play) to provide your input.
• Join a Telephone Town Hall: Participate in a Telephone Town Hall on February 18 from 7 to 8 pm, where a random selection of phone numbers will be called. To add your phone number to the call list, sign up on the City website by February 17.
• Delegate in person: Submit a delegation request to attend and speak at Budget Committee or the Budget approval Council meeting. Delegation forms can also be completed in person at the City’s Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 2 Wellington Street West.
• Attend a meeting: Attend Budget Committee meetings at City Hall and ask questions related to that day’s agenda as part of the public question period at the end of a Budget Committee meeting.