City of Mississauga

City of Mississauga

January 20, 2010 15:11 ET

Mississauga City Council Approves 2010 City Business Plan and Budget

Preparing Today for Tomorrow

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 20, 2010) - Mississauga City Council today approved the 2010 City Business Plan and Budget, which balances priorities to meet the needs of taxpayers today, while planning for future needs.

"We believe the 2010 budget delivers value for the services provided to our citizens and businesses," said Mayor Hazel McCallion. "City Council and staff are committed to listening to residents and ensuring their priorities are met. This budget delivers new initiatives like the introduction of the windrow snow clearing pilot program, the reopening of library branches on Sundays with no significant service level cuts in other areas."

"Residents have come to expect the City to maintain service levels with the lowest possible annual tax increases," added Janice Baker, City Manager and CAO. "They trust the City to build transit, fix aging infrastructure and reduce gridlock while keeping property taxes low. We believe we have successfully delivered that for 2010."

The 2010 Business Plan and Budget includes new services highlighted below:

  • Reopening off all library branches on Sundays in the spring
  • A windrow pilot program for the disabled and low-income seniors
  • Additional funding to enhance forestry service levels and address a backlog of work orders due to the number of severe storms in 2009
  • A tax rebate program for low income seniors and the disabled

In 2010, the City's portion of the property tax bill will increase by 2.3 per cent, resulting in an increase of 0.65 per cent on the total property tax bill. This results in an increase of $26.32 on the average home assessed at $400,000. In recognition of the current state of the economy Council decided not to add a 1 per cent infrastructure tax levy, as implemented in previous years.

The 2010 City Business Plan and Budget focuses on the Strategic Pillars for Change: Developing a Transit Oriented City; Ensuring Youth, Older Adults and New Immigrants Thrive; Completing our Neighbourhoods; Cultivating Creative and Innovative Businesses; Living Green; the State of Good Repair for Infrastructure; and Continuous Improvement and Tax Rate Management. It provides information on the City's 13 major service areas, budget, major initiatives and performance measures.

The City of Mississauga collects taxes on behalf of the Region of Peel and the Province of Ontario for education. The City portion of a homeowner's tax bill represents approximately 28 per cent of the total property tax bill, with 46 per cent allocated for the Region of Peel and 26 per cent to the Province for education. Of every dollar a resident pays on their tax bill, the City of Mississauga receives approximately 28 cents.

For more information on the City of Mississauga's 2010 City Business Plan and Budget, visit or call Patti Elliott-Spencer, director of Finance at 905-615-3200, ext. 5003.

As Canada's sixth largest city, Mississauga is home to 730,000 residents and 55,000 businesses, including 61 Fortune 500 companies with Canadian head offices or major divisional head offices. A diverse, progressive and award-winning municipality located on the shores of Lake Ontario in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, Mississauga is one of Greater Toronto's Top 90 Employers for 2010. Enhancing its citizens' quality of life by providing superior services, revitalizing its infrastructure and conserving the environment, Mississauga is committed to innovation, operational excellence and fiscal responsibility which is reflected in its motto: "Leading Today for Tomorrow."

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