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City of Burlington 2018 Proposed Operating Budget and Tax

City of Burlington has proposed a new operating budget and city tax increase of 4.19% in 2018. The officials are  planning to meet and discuss on Thursday Jan 18. And scheduled for council approval on Monday Jan 22.

Most of the budget will be going towards renewal of city infrastructure, followed by transit and fire protection. And a generous amount for enhancing and maintenance of city sport fields.

“Despite a number of significant budget pressures like the increase to Ontario’s minimum wage effective Jan. 1, 2018, and funding needed to address operational challenges in transit, Burlington’s proposed operating budget continues to ensure our assets are renewed and maintained in a fiscally responsible manner. Since 2011, overall tax increases in Burlington have averaged 1.9 per cent. In a comparison of property taxes in municipalities in the Great Toronto Hamilton Area, Burlington’s property taxes are the third lowest for a residential single-family detached home.”  said Joan Ford, City of Burlington Treasurer and Director of Finance

Proposed 2018 Operating Budget
Proposed 2018 Operating Budget

This is true when examined. Burlington appears to be 4th lowest for residential single-family detached home. Hamilton being the highest. Not to mention voted #1 mid sized city in Canada.

City Residential, Urban RT Tax %
Toronto 0.6616472
Milton 0.722042
Oakville 0.752824
Burlington 0.844535
Mississauga 0.849372
Brampton 1.067852
Flamborough 1.212147
Stoney Creek 1.216721
Ancaster 1.218259
Glanbrook 1.229302
Hamilton 1.312168

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Burlington scored best mid-sized city in Canada – Fifth year in a row

July 4th 2017 was a proud day for all Burlington residents, and all those in the past and present working hard to make Burlington, a true gem of a city! According to MoneySense, Burlington is best mid-sized city in Canada and the second best city in Ontario to live in.

MoneySense uses their own methodology to establish a comprehensive data-driven snapshot of Canadian cities and towns, taking into account things like demographics, unemployment, income & wealth, affordability, taxation, mobility, crime, weather, health care, amenities, culture & community. This year was their 14th edition and they’ve included even more cities in the report, about 417 cities to be exact.

Burlington scored high with having low crime, great weather and high wealth and incomes. It is also considered a top place to retire and a welcoming place for new Canadians.

Here is a summary of their 2017 reports (looking at Ontario and how Burlington compares):

Burlington is 2nd best place to live in Ontario after Ottawa.

Burlington  is 4th best place to retire in Ontario, after Ottawa.

Burlington is 7th best place for weather in Ontario after Thorold.

Burlington is 14th best place for new Canadians in Ontario, after Ottawa.

Burlington is 20th best place to raise kids in Ontario, after Oakville.

Overall, Burlington scored well and is an awesome city to live, work and play in. The city has come a long way and it’s continuously improving and growing. There are new developments all around, infrastructure upgrades, social and cultural programs underway. It’s a thriving city that’s got something for everyone. Situated between Toronto and Niagara Falls, well connected to all the major highways, positioned by lake Ontario – Burlington real estate is a good choice.

Burlington Mayor, Rick Goldring commented on MoneySense 2017 best places to live in Canada report: “There are many moving parts that go into creating a city, from economic prosperity to cultural vibrancy, from preserving history to building healthy communities. This is an acknowledgement of all of the people, past and present, who have worked to make Burlington the great city it is today.”

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Redevelopment of Burlington’s Waterfront Park and Lakeside Plaza Area

“Lakeside Vision”  – another new project the City of Burlington has started. It’s basically a project to redevelop and improve the southeast part of Burlington, including Skyway Arena, Lakeside Plaza and Burloak Waterfront Park. Designed to revitalize the area, bring more business and visitors, including allow residents to enjoy the premium waterfront area more freely, this initiative is very exciting!

This past November 2015, they had first of many public meetings at Robert Bateman High School, with over 300 people attending this time and sharing their opinions about city’s new initiative in redeveloping Burlington waterfront.

Here is a map of the proposed land for redevelopment.

Skyway Arena – initiative to redevelop the current Skyway park and arena in order to create more space, upgrade the structure, and allow for easier accessibility, as well as, tie it into the Lakeside Village plaza.

Lakeside Village – this is an important community shopping plaza for the Elizabeth Gardens and south East Burlington neighborhoods. Remodelling the plaza, adding appropriate commercial and community services, vital for the area is on top of the list, and connecting the plaza with the waterfront park further south.

Burloak Waterfront Park – the city plans to turn this into a beautiful park that spans along the waterfront as seen in the image below. The project phase I has already started in Nov 2016 and goes till May 2017. It includes four meter wide accessible waterfront pathway, shade pavilion, small performance area with seating, pedestrian guardrail, and invasive tree and shrub species removal. Followed by other phases in summer and fall of 2017.

The overall, high level plan is to basically connect all three areas together. The Skyway park and arena, with the Lakeside Village plaza and that with Burloak waterfront park. Allowing free flow and movement, otherwise obstructed and not so accessible.

Lakeside village pathway to waterfront park

You can follow this project and status updates here: https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/Burloak-Regional-Waterfront-Park-Master-Plan.asp

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