2020 Budget

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Each year, the City of Burlington undergoes an annual budget process to create budgets that support city operations and deliver the programs and services required to maintain the high quality of life we enjoy in our community.

Through the budget process, choices are made to ensure the City services provided to residents align with the priorities in Burlington’s 2018-2022 strategic work plan, From Vision to Focus.

Work to determine the City's 2020 budget is underway. Follow the updates and discussion to learn more about how the City of Burlington determines its annual budget.

Each year, the City of Burlington undergoes an annual budget process to create budgets that support city operations and deliver the programs and services required to maintain the high quality of life we enjoy in our community.

Through the budget process, choices are made to ensure the City services provided to residents align with the priorities in Burlington’s 2018-2022 strategic work plan, From Vision to Focus.

Work to determine the City's 2020 budget is underway. Follow the updates and discussion to learn more about how the City of Burlington determines its annual budget.

  • Burlington City Council approves the 2020 Budget

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    6 months ago

    Burlington City Council has approved the city’s 2020 budget with a 3.99 per cent increase in the City’s portion of property taxes. Combined with the tax increase from Halton Region and the boards of education, the overall tax increase is 2.44 per cent or $19.34 per $100,000 of a home’s current value assessment.

    City tax increase of 3.99% The approved City tax increase of 3.99% includes:

    Investments to maintain City services

    1.33% to ensure the continued delivery of high-quality services

    Investments in infrastructure renewal

    1.25% dedicated to the renewal of existing city infrastructure.
    Major capital projects in 2020...

    Burlington City Council has approved the city’s 2020 budget with a 3.99 per cent increase in the City’s portion of property taxes. Combined with the tax increase from Halton Region and the boards of education, the overall tax increase is 2.44 per cent or $19.34 per $100,000 of a home’s current value assessment.

    City tax increase of 3.99% The approved City tax increase of 3.99% includes:

    Investments to maintain City services

    1.33% to ensure the continued delivery of high-quality services

    Investments in infrastructure renewal

    1.25% dedicated to the renewal of existing city infrastructure.
    Major capital projects in 2020 include:

    • Revitalization of the Skyway Community Recreation Complex
    • Resurfacing of New Street, between Walkers Line and Burloak Drive
    • Repair and renewal of assets at numerous community centres and pool facilities
    • Minor reconstruction of Canterbury Drive.

    Investments to address climate change impacts

    0.82% dedicated to assets and initiatives that support sustainable infrastructure and a resilient environment, including:

    • Four new conventional buses and eight additional drivers, plus a new specialized transit vehicle (Handi-Van) and driver
    • Free transit for children age 12 and under

    • New electric vehicle charging stations at City facilities such as arenas and community centres
    • A new private tree bylaw program
    • Updates to the Urban Forestry Management Plan and a new tree planting initiative
    • Funding to complete a Climate Change Adaptation Plan, support for the Bay Area Climate Change Partnership, and resources to implement the Climate Action Plan.

    Investments to address risk management and other corporate priorities

    0.59% dedicated to enhancing customer service and supporting the implementation of Burlington City Council’s four-year work plan, Vision to Focus, including:

    • Enhanced parks and winter maintenance operations, including sidewalk snow removal
    • Four years of the Home Fire Safety program
    • Improvements to cyber security resilience
    • Temporary staffing to operate the newly expanded Joseph Brant Museum
    • Programming at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre that celebrates all cultures.


  • Nov 19 Telephone Townhall Transcript in now Available

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    6 months ago

    Thanks to everyone that participated in the Telephone TownHall on the 2020 Budget.

    For those that missed, it you can read the transcript here.

    Thanks to everyone that participated in the Telephone TownHall on the 2020 Budget.

    For those that missed, it you can read the transcript here.

  • Reminder: 2020 Budget Telephone Town Hall is Happening Tonight

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    7 months ago

    Join us for a live, call-in event hosted by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

    Learn about the proposed 2020 budget, take part in live polling and have an opportunity to ask questions about proposed budget priorities.

    How to Participate
    Burlington residential phone numbers will be randomly selected to be part of the telephone town hall.

    To dial into the telephone town hall, please call 1-877-519-6647 and enter PIN code 497179.


    Join us for a live, call-in event hosted by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

    Learn about the proposed 2020 budget, take part in live polling and have an opportunity to ask questions about proposed budget priorities.

    How to Participate
    Burlington residential phone numbers will be randomly selected to be part of the telephone town hall.

    To dial into the telephone town hall, please call 1-877-519-6647 and enter PIN code 497179.


  • Read the Overview Report and the Feedback Summary

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    7 months ago

    Read the 2020 Budget Overview Report and a summary of the public feedback. Either go to the Document Library on this page or read the report here and read the feedback summary here.

    Read the 2020 Budget Overview Report and a summary of the public feedback. Either go to the Document Library on this page or read the report here and read the feedback summary here.

  • 2020 Budget Process Underway

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    11 months ago

    Work to determine the 2020 budget is underway. See "Key Dates" to view upcoming meetings.

    The key areas of focus for the proposed 2020 budget include:

    • providing strategic investments aligned to the City’s four-year work plan,Vision to Focus, and Burlington’s 25-year Strategic Plan
    • maintaining existing service levels
    • ensuring City assets are maintained in a good state of repair
    • making key investments to address climate change impacts
    • managing risk and addressing corporate priorities while ensuring competitive property taxes.

    Proposed tax increase
    The proposed 2020 budget results in a 4% increase to...

    Work to determine the 2020 budget is underway. See "Key Dates" to view upcoming meetings.

    The key areas of focus for the proposed 2020 budget include:

    • providing strategic investments aligned to the City’s four-year work plan,Vision to Focus, and Burlington’s 25-year Strategic Plan
    • maintaining existing service levels
    • ensuring City assets are maintained in a good state of repair
    • making key investments to address climate change impacts
    • managing risk and addressing corporate priorities while ensuring competitive property taxes.

    Proposed tax increase
    The proposed 2020 budget results in a 4% increase to the City’s portion of the tax bill, including:

    • 1.81% to maintain services
    • 1.25% for infrastructure renewal
    • 0.55% to address climate change impacts
    • 0.39% to address risk management and other corporate priorities.

    Proposed capital budget
    The proposed 2020 capital budget is $85.8 million, with a ten-year program of $809.7 million. Some highlights of the proposed 2020 capital budget include:

    • Revitalization of the Skyway Community Recreation Complex
    • Resurfacing of New Street, between Walkers Line and Burloak Drive
    • Road reconstruction of the Coldstream Drive area
    • Upgrades to Tuck Creek and West Aldershot Creek.

    When combined with the estimated regional and education tax levies, the overall projected tax increase in the proposed budget for a Burlington homeowner is 2.44% or $19.38 per $100,000 of assessment. For example, homeowners with a home assessed at $500,000 would pay an additional $96.90 per year or $1.86 per week.

    View a copy of the proposed 2020 budget online at www.burlington.ca/budget