Oakville releases 2013 Budget discussion documents

Staff recommends 1.73 per cent overall tax increase

On November 12, town staff presented Oakville’s proposed 2013 operating and capital budgets to the Budget Committee achieving Council’s direction to keep the total property tax increase in line with inflation. Town staff recommended a 3.67 per cent increase to the town’s portion of the tax bill for an overall property tax increase of 1.73 per cent including estimated regional and education tax rates. The proposed increase would see residential property taxes increase by $16.22 per $100,000 of assessment meaning that a home assessed at $400,000 would pay an additional $64.88 per year or $1.25 per week.

“We’re in a very good financial position with healthy reserves and very little debt. This budget supports our commitment to ensuring the long-term sustainability our community,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “The town continues to reap the benefits from program-based, performance-based (PB2) budgeting systems as staff was able to identify efficiencies to reduce the forecasted budget by more than two per cent. Council appreciates the significant amount of work to get to this point.”

Staff is recommending a $308.8 million combined budget for operating and capital requirements to help maintain existing programs and services, and ensure appropriate funding is allotted to keep Oakville’s infrastructure in a state of good repair. Additional funding for road pavement improvements, parks maintenance, transit care-A-van services, and operations of Oakville’s newest facilities were also highlighted in the 2013 budget overview.

“This recommended budget keeps the total property tax increase in line with inflation, invests in infrastructure renewal, and offers good value for your tax dollar,” said Budget Committee Chair Councillor Tom Adams. “We’re committed to reducing Oakville’s debt level so we can strategically and appropriately plan for the future.”

According to the budget presentation from town Deputy Treasurer and Director of Financial Planning Nancy Sully, the 3.67 per cent increase to the town’s portion of the tax bill includes a 1.64 per cent increase for the costs of providing town programs and services, and a 2.03 per cent increase in funding for infrastructure renewal. When the town’s portion of the tax bill is combined with the estimated regional and education tax levy, it results in the proposed 1.73 per cent increase on the property tax bill.

The town’s capital budget sets aside funds for both the replacement of aging infrastructure and the construction of new infrastructure. Some of the top capital projects include $5.5 million for road resurfacing and preservation; $4.7 million for a new maintenance and operations facility in north Oakville; $2.9 million for transit buses; $2.8 million for the expansion of Oakville’s road capacity; $2.5 million to battle the Emerald Ash Borer infestation; and $2.4 million for a fire station in north Oakville.

The Budget Committee also recommended increases to the town’s rates and fees scheduled to come into effect on January 1, 2013. Increases are recommended for various town programs and services in order to help fund service delivery including fire prevention and suppression fees; planning and development application fees; harbours and cemeteries fees; sports rental and user fees; room rentals; recreational programming; and transit among others.

The Budget Committee will meet throughout November and December to debate the proposed budget. The public is encouraged to get involved in the budget process through the following opportunities:

Commission budget presentations on November 15 and 20
Budget open houses on November 22 at Town Hall, November 26 at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, and December 1 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre
Public delegations on November 21 and December 6
Budget deliberations on December 13
Final budget approval by Council on December 17

“Developing a municipal budget is a complex balancing act and we’re encouraging the community to help us find that right balance. We invite residents to join the more than 700 users already engaged in discussion on our Oakville Idea Forum. Share your ideas at oakville.uservoice.com,” added Councillor Adams.

The 2013 Budget Committee will consider all submissions, whether in person, writing, email or through social media as part of their budget deliberations. Residents who wish to appear before the Budget Committee as a delegate should register by emailing townclerk@oakville.ca or calling 905-815-6015. Written comments for the committee can be sent to

Town Clerk
Town of Oakville
1225 Trafalgar Road
Oakville, ON L6H 0H3

Alternately, residents can email their comments to budget@oakville.ca.

All Budget Committee meetings are held at Town Hall, 1225 Trafalgar Road and are open to the public. For those who cannot attend the meetings in person, they will be streamed live on TownTV.. To view the 2013 Budget documents or for more information about opportunities to get involved in the budget process visit the 2013 Budget page or email budget@oakville.ca.

Media contacts

Nancy Sully
Deputy Treasurer and Director of
Financial Planning
905-845-6601, ext. 3143

Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Corporate Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3005

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Oakville releases 2013 Budget discussion documents