Burlington Council Unanimously Approves 2018 Capital Budget
Roads, roads, road — infrastructure is taking top spot in Burlington, where city council approved its 10-year $688 million capital budget.
It includes a 2018 capital budget of $68.6 million.
Approval was made at the Dec. 11 council meeting.
Seventy nine per cent of the 10-year capital budget will be invested in renewing Burlington's aging infrastructure in accordance with the city's Asset Management Plan.
"The strong focus on infrastructure renewal projects in the 2018 capital budget reflects the city's commitment to both the Asset Management Plan and the 25-year Strategic Plan,” said Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring.
“The Asset Management Plan provides the framework to help the city make the best possible decisions regarding the renewal and replacement of infrastructure assets while minimizing risk and cost to taxpayers and maximizing service delivery."
The spending breakdown for the 2018 capital budget of $68.6 million includes:
- $32 million, the largest component, for roads.
- $11.5 million for facilities and buildings.
- $8.1 million for parks and open spaces.
- $7.1 million in storm water management.
- $6.1 million towards fleet vehicles and equipment.
- $1.8 million for information technology.
- $1.4 million for local boards (Burlington Public Library, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington Museums).
- $630,000 in parking.
The 2018 capital budget “ensures the city is investing in our existing infrastructure to continue to deliver the high quality services that residents depend on while providing funds for new initiatives that deliver on the city's 25-year Strategic Plan and enhance the quality of life in the city,” said director of finance Joan Ford.
Graphic courtesy of the City of Burlington
THE CAPITAL BUDGET, IN A NUTSHELL
It includes 12 new capital initiatives, totaling $4.1 million, which are part of the 2018 capital budget. Some of these projects include:
- A study to investigate the feasibility of active transportation in rural Burlington.
- Design for an active transportation crossing at the QEW.
- A new skate park in Kilbride.
- Park enhancements at Sherwood Forest Park.
- Four additional electric vehicle charging stations in downtown Burlington.
- A new Japanese garden to commemorate Burlington's 25-year twinning relationship with the City of Itabashi, Japan.
- A new multi-use pathway along the hydro corridor between Mainway and Upper Middle Rd.
Burlington's proposed 2018 operating budget will be deliberated by city council on Jan. 18, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
Approval by council is scheduled for Jan. 22, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Members of the public who would like to speak as a delegation regarding the operating budget can register by calling 905-335-7600, ext. 7481 or visiting burlington.ca/delegation. The deadline to register as a delegation for the Jan. 18 meeting is noon on Jan. 17, 2018.
A copy of the 2018 capital budget is available online.