Here’s How Much Your Taxes in Burlington Will be Increasing This Year

 

Burlington city council recently approved, in a 6-1 vote, the city’s 2019 operating budget. In total, the budget is approximately $165 million.

This money, as noted in a previous inhalton article, will go towards the following expenses: capital, public safety, maintenance, internal support and administration, transit, roads and transportation, local boards, leisure, provision for Joseph Brant Hospital, design and build, customer relations and citizen representation, mayor and council, as well as corporate revenues and expenditures.

A breakdown of exactly how much money will go towards each category is outlined in the infographic below. 

 

Also included in the budget is how much taxes will be increasing for Burlington residents this year.

According to a press release from the city, residents will see a 2.99 per cent increase in the city’s portion of property taxes. However, when combined with tax increases from the Halton Region, and the boards of education, the overall tax increase is 1.94 per cent ($15.08 per $100,00 of a home’s current value assessment.

This increase came without sacrificing services many Burlington residents rely on.

I am happy that we have been able to deliver Burlington residents a budget under three per cent without sacrificing any of the essential services many of them rely on and enjoy,” Mayor Marianne Meed Ward said in the release.

These are not easy discussions and we have done incredible work for the community, including investments in renewing infrastructure, increased access to improved transit, and the protection of our tree canopy. There are a lot more good things in this budget and I’m proud of the work we’ve done and the respectful way we’ve gone about it.”

The 2019 operating budget also includes new investments in city services. These investments are outlined in the infographic below.

What do you this of the 2019 operating budget?

Infographics are courtesy of the City of Burlington.

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