#BurlON til Mar 20

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What’s On Stage 2019

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Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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Halloween Fun 2017

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Day 2 – Burlington – A Short Escape from Toronto

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Oakville focuses on becoming the most digitally connected GTA community

Friday, February 3, 2017 – for immediate release

Oakville focuses on becoming the most digitally connected GTA community

Council approves new strategy to guide digital transformation

A new corporate digital strategy focused on making Oakville the most connected community in the Greater Toronto Area was approved by Council on January 30, 2017.

“In today’s digitally driven world, it’s more important than ever to be strategic in the way we provide online services to our residents,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “This strategy will be our digital roadmap as we continue to invest in technology and embrace innovation.”

Engagement with citizens is at the core of the digital strategy. This spring, the town is introducing a beta website as a testing ground for new digital services as they are being developed. The beta site will give citizens a unique opportunity to test new online services and provide feedback at different stages of development. By engaging the community from the start of the process, they become co-designers with the town to ensure that new services are easy to use and designed from the perspective of the user.

The strategy also focuses on using the extensive data the town produces to improve services, and fostering an organizational culture that embraces digital innovation to meet citizen needs. The town will establish partnerships with leading academic institutions and private sector companies to better respond to emerging digital opportunities and attract new knowledge-based businesses, head offices and skilled workers to the community.

The Town of Oakville is well positioned to become a digital leader in the public sector with $22 million of technology investments already planned in the 10-year capital forecast, including piloting new digital tools in a wide variety of areas, from energy management to making it easier to get online permits.

“The digital strategy establishes a clear focus and direction for these investments and aligns them toward a common goal,” said Colleen Bell, commissioner of Community Services. “By actively engaging our citizens, we will deliver relevant and better designed services that meet their needs and expectations.”

For more information, review the staff report in the January 30, 2017 Council Agenda.


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Council approves 1.99 per cent overall tax increase

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – for immediate release

Council approves 1.99 per cent overall tax increase

Town Council met its goal to keep overall tax increases in line with inflation with the approval of the 2017 Budget at the Council meeting on December 12, 2016. The approved 3.21 per cent increase to the town’s portion of the tax bill creates an overall 1.99 per cent tax increase when combined with the expected Halton Region increase and estimated education tax rates. The latest Toronto Consumer Price Index shows a 2.3 per cent annual increase. The budget also positions Oakville to keep overall tax increases in line with inflation out to 2020.

“Maintaining our strong, stable financial health is a critical part of Council’s vision for a more livable Oakville,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This budget delivers the programs and services our residents expect and invests in our community’s infrastructure, while once again reflecting Council’s goal of keeping overall property tax increases consistent – and consistently low.”

The approved $310 million operating budget continues to provide Oakville with its existing wide range of programs and services. This includes maintenance of roads and community facilities, fire services, transit, parks and trails, recreation and culture programs, senior services, libraries, and a variety of other valued services. Some program enhancements for 2017 include improvements to by-law enforcement and implementation of changes to the private tree by-law to strengthen tree protection. The budget also allocates additional funds for Visit Oakville tourism, the town’s Heritage Grant program, and support for cultural programs and grants.

The approved 2017 capital budget includes $122.3 million in project funding and just over $1 billion in capital projects forecasted between 2017-2026 with a focus on transportation, infrastructure renewal and other elements related to growth. Some of the key capital projects for 2017 include:

Trafalgar Park and Oakville arena revitalization – $13 M
Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek reconstruction – $10.5 M
Road Resurfacing and Preservation Program – $9.1 M
Former Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital demolition – $7.6 M
Phase 2 of LED streetlight conversion – $6.6 M
Preparations for Kerr Street widening and grade separation – $4.7 M
Expansion buses – $4.3 M
Speers Road widening from the GO Station West of Third Line to Fourth Line – $4 M
Emerald Ash Borer Management Program – $3.7 M

“The budget keeps overall taxes in line with inflation, invests significantly in building and maintaining infrastructure and positions Oakville for a strong and stable financial future,” Budget Committee Chair Tom Adams said. “Once again, we are addressing the needs of our community while providing the lowest overall property tax increase among neighbouring municipalities.”

For details visit the 2017 Budget page.


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Oakville introduces licensing by-law to regulate Transportation Network Companies

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 – for immediate release

Oakville introduces licensing by-law to regulate Transportation Network Companies

At the December 12, 2016, meeting, Town Council approved a new licensing by-law allowing Transportation Network Companies (TNC) to operate legally in Oakville. The new regulations focus on health and safety and consumer protection, and ensure that residents continue to have safe, reliable and consistent transportation options when travelling in Oakville.

“We know that the app-based technology used by companies like Uber is here to stay, and that many Oakville residents already use these services,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This new by-law ensures proper oversight of these services while addressing both community and consumer needs.”

The new by-law comes after a year of extensive research, best practice reviews of other municipal regulations, and public and stakeholder consultation to determine appropriate licensing options for TNCs. Oakville joins other cities in the province including Niagara Region, Ottawa, Toronto, and Waterloo Region to enact TNC licensing by-laws.

The town’s licensing framework places accountability on TNCs to ensure that any driver using their platform is operating in compliance with the town’s by-law. Regulations include:

TNCs must provide the town’s Enforcement Services with driver and vehicle information to ensure electronic compliance checks can be done.
An annual, tiered licensing fee structure that is based on the number of vehicles the TNC is operating in Oakville.
TNCs must give passengers the cost range of the trip, description of the vehicle, license plate number, driver name and photo before the trip starts.
Criminal reference checks for all drivers is mandatory.
A safety standards certificate from a licensed Ontario mechanic for each vehicle operating under a TNC is required.
All vehicles operating under a TNC must be identifiable with a window marking.
Street hailing of TNC vehicles is prohibited. All trips must be booked in advance through the TNCs mobile app.
TNCs are required to provide accessible mobile apps.
The age limit of TNC vehicles is seven years.

With these regulations in place for TNCs, town staff will continue to assess the impact of ridesharing services on the taxi cab industry and will present a new taxi by-law to Council for consideration in 2018.

For more information, review the staff report in the December 5, 2016 Administrative Services Committee agenda.


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2017 Budget Committee recommends 1.99 per cent overall tax increase

Budget goes to Council for approval on Monday, December 12, 2016

Achieving Council’s direction to keep the overall property tax increase in line with inflation, Oakville’s 2017 Budget Committee recommended a 3.21 per cent increase to the town’s portion of the tax bill, which produces an overall increase of 1.99 per cent when the expected Halton Region increase and educational components are included. The latest Toronto Consumer Price Index shows an annual increase of 2.3 per cent. If approved by Council, the proposed change would increase residential property taxes by $16.48 per $100,000 of assessment, meaning that the owner of a home assessed at $700,000 would pay an additional $115.36 per year or $2.22 per week. The recommendation will go before Council for approval on Monday, December 12, 2016.

“The recommended budget reflects Council’s commitment to keep overall property tax increases in line with inflation,” Budget Committee Chair Tom Adams said. “Council is doing this at the same time it is investing in building and renewing community infrastructure. We also continue to deliver high quality programs and services, while making strategic improvements desired by the community.”

In the town’s Draft 2017 Budget, staff is recommending a $310 million operating budget to provide a wide range of programs and services including the maintenance of roads and community facilities, fire services, transit, parks and trails, recreation and culture, senior services, and libraries, along with a variety of other valued services. Program enhancements recommended for 2017 include improvements to by-law enforcement, implementation of changes to the private tree by-law to strengthen tree protection, additional funding of $50,000 for Visit Oakville tourism, $90,000 to support the Heritage Grant program and an additional $52,500 to support cultural programs and grants.

The Budget Committee recommended referring additional funding for introducing flashing 40 kilometre-per-hour traffic zone warning signs to the 2018 budget process. This was to permit time to review potential new rules that could allow the limited use of photo radar in school zones before making any further decisions. The committee also recommended re-allocating existing funds for Council’s town-wide newsletter to more ward-specific communications.

In November, the Budget Committee reviewed the town’s Draft 2017 Capital Budget which includes $122.3 million in funding in 2017 and just over $1 billion for capital projects between 2017-2026 with a focus on transportation, infrastructure renewal and other elements related to growth. The Budget Committee recommended moving forward an additional $500,000 in road resurfacing projects to 2017.

Some of the key capital projects for 2017 include:

Trafalgar Park revitalization – $13 M
Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek reconstruction – $10.5 M
Road Resurfacing and Preservation Program – $9.1 M
Former Oakville-Trafalgar Memorial Hospital demolition – $7.6 M
Phase 2 of LED streetlight conversion – $6.6 M
Kerr Street widening and grade separation – $4.7 M
Expansion buses – $4.3 M
Speers Road widening from the GO Station west of Third Line to Fourth Line – $4 M
Emerald Ash Borer Management Program – $3.7 M

Councillor Adams also noted in today’s deliberations that staff are directed to prepare future budgets for 2018, 2019 and 2020 to align with Council’s existing direction to keep overall property tax increases in line with inflation.

“Council is committed to ensuring Oakville’s finances remain strong, stable and healthy as we work to make our town the most livable town in Canada,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “The recommended budget reflects this commitment and ensures long-term stability for our property taxes.”

Residents who wish to appear before Council as a delegate at the December 12 meeting may register in person at the meeting, or in advance by emailing townclerk@oakville.ca or calling 905-815-6015. For those who cannot attend the meetings, they are streamed live on the town’s YouTube channel.

If you would like to attend a meeting and have any accessibility needs please email townclerk@oakville.ca or 905-815-6015 or fill out the accessible online feedback form.

For more details, visit the 2017 Budget page.


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