The Town of Caledon Council approved the 2015 Budget during the meeting of Council on March 3, 2015, setting the stage for Town services and capital projects for 2015 and beyond.
Highlights of the Town of Caledon’s 2015 Budget
- The blended residential tax increase (Town + Region + Education) is 2.0%. This assumes a 0% increase in the Education tax rate.
- This equates to a yearly tax increase of $17.56 per $100,000 property assessment, or an increase of $84.26 on the average home in Caledon with a value of $480,000.
- Included in the 2015 Base budget, staff found $1.5 million in efficiencies to reduce the budget, without impacting service levels.
- The Town continues to take advantage of the budget opportunity being made available by the Province and Region through Provincial uploading, whereby the Region’s property tax increases are offset by Provincial uploading dollars. The Town has used this opportunity to increase our Tax Funded Capital program; sustainable funding to repair, replace, improve the Town’s aging infrastructure as well as fund the Town’s share of growth-related infrastructure.
- The 2015 Budget process included a number of public consultations. All documentation is available via www.caledon.ca/budget .
- Investing in Capital Projects – including: Commitment from Council to build new Mayfield West Community Centre and Library ($40 million over four years); $3.5 million for bridges and $4.1 million for an enhanced roads program; Increased tax funded Capital from $11.5 million to $12.9 million while still maintaining a low tax rate.
- Improving Customer Service – including: creating web-accessible documents for residents; additional programming staff for Parks and Recreation; introducing Public Wifi in Town Hall and Caledon Community Complex; supporting additional staffing at the Caledon Public Library; implementing accessible paperless agendas and workflow for Council processes.
- Planning for Future Anticipated Growth – including: updating the Zoning bylaw and streamlining Application fees and processes in Development Approvals and Planning Policy department; increasing customer service and training to meet the upcoming development needs as Caledon continues to grow.
- Investing in Municipal Leadership – including: increased assistance to Council; Economic Development will target tourism website and wayfinding initiatives.
- Safety and Security of Town/Town Assets – including: Caledon Fire and Emergency Services will create a renewed Master Fire Plan, and will investigate strategies to increase emergency response capability in the northwest; adhere to new standards in the National Safety Code for fleets; introducing three digital LED signs for villages in Caledon for increased communication to all residents.
Check out the entire Budget Process at www.caledon.ca/budget .