Burlington Ontario

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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The Best Ranked Schools in Burlington, Ontario

Living in a neighbourhood with good schools is very important, not just to parents but also to homeowners and those looking to invest in real estate. The value of your home goes up as the schools in the area are ranked higher. That is because parent’s value good education, and studies have shown that children attending good schools tend to do better on exams and as a result get better grades and education.

So how are the schools in Burlington area performing? Anyone considering buying a home in a particular Burlington neighborhood would want to know this.

John-T-Tuck-Public-Elementary-School-Burlington-Ontario
John-T-Tuck-Public-Elementary-School-Burlington-Ontario

The Fraser Institute’s school rankings website provides a detailed report on how each school is doing in academics compared to other ranked schools. It also shows whether the school’s results are improving, declining, or just staying steady over the most recent five years.

Here is a list ranking the best schools in Burlington on a scale of 0 to 10, including a map of where those are.

Top 10 Public Elementary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. John T. Tuck – 8.2
  2. Charles R. Beaudoin – 8.1
  3. Alexander’s – 7.9
  4. Orchard Park – 7.7
  5. Glenview – 7.4
  6. Maplehurst – 7.2
  7. Pineland – 7.2
  8. Ryerson – 7.2
  9. C. H. Norton – 6.9
  10. Tom Thomson – 6.8

Top 10 Catholic Elementary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. St. Patrick – 8.6
  2. St. Raphaels – 8.3
  3. St. Anne – 8.2
  4. St. Elizabeth Seton – 8.1
  5. Ascension – 7.7
  6. Canadian Martyrs – 7.6
  7. St. Paul – 7.6
  8. St. Gabriel – 7.0
  9. St. Mark – 6.8
  10. St. Christopher – 6.6

All Public Secondary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. Nelson – 8.0
  2. Lester B. Pearson – 7.2
  3. Burlington Central – 7.1
  4. Dr. Frank J. Hayden – 7.1
  5. Aldershot – 7.0
  6. Robert Bateman – 6.4
  7. M M Robinson – 6.4

All Catholic Secondary Schools in Burlington (2015-16 Ratings):

  1. Corpus Christi – 7.9
  2. Assumption – 7.6
  3. Notre Dame – 7.0

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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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