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Region of Peel Council Approves 2019 Budget 

Regional Council has approved the 2019 Operating and Capital Budget. The impact of the 2019 Budget is a Regional net tax levy increase of 2.7 per cent. This represents a 1.1 per cent property tax increase from the Regional budget.  This Regional budget will contribute an annual increase to the average residential property and small business property tax bills of $52 and $93 respectively.
Additionally, to sustain the capital-intensive water and wastewater services, a 6.5 per cent utility rate increase was approved. The average home will see a $38 increase to their utility bill or about 10 cents per day, while the average small business will see an increase of $101 or about 28 cents per day.
Operating investments of $2.5 billion and capital investments of $1.3 billion ensure sustainment of current service levels and addresses enhanced service levels to accommodate rapid population growth and an aging population, with a special focus on Paramedic services and TransHelp.
Budget highlights in 2019 include:
  • 68,000 more accessible transportation trips
  • 12,300 additional paramedic response calls
  • Implementation of the Butterfly Model, enhancing quality of life for Long Term Care residents
  • Service to 5,000 new households for waste collection
  • Expansion of EarlyON services for 9,200 children and parents
  • Additional Peel Regional Police staffing to maintain our safe communities:
    • 55 Officers
    • 10 Communicators
    • 5 Prison Escort Officers
    • 14 Civilian Administrators
Along with meeting the Capital and Operating needs of the Region, the budget provides funding to the three local conservation authorities (Credit Valley Conservation Authority, Halton Conservation Authority, and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority), Peel Regional Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. To learn more about the budget, visit peelregion.ca/budget.

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