Brampton residents encouraged to provide input on City’s 2022 budget

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Published November 2, 2021 at 9:48 am

The City of Brampton is seeking input from residents, business owners, and community groups regarding the 2022 City budget.

The proposed budget will be available online next week, and residents are encouraged to provide feedback before it is finalized on December 8.

On November 16, Mayor Patrick Brown, who is Chair of the Budget Committee, and Regional Councillor for Wards 1 and 5 and Vice Chair of the Budget Committee, Paul Vicente, will be hosting a virtual meeting for entrepreneurs at 9:30 a.m. and then a Tele Town Hall for members of the public and representatives from community groups at 6:45 p.m.

City staff will also be in attendance at both events, and participants will be encouraged to ask questions, highlight priorities, and help shape the City’s 2022 Budget deliberations.

A contentious issue regarding next year’s budget is the proposed multi-sport facility that would be used for cricket and soccer, and cost an estimated $35.5 million.

A recent poll suggested many Brampton residents are not interested in the stadium and do not want it.

However, a large number of cricket afficionados believe the stadium is necessary—there is currently a waitlist for teams who want to play in cricket leagues across the City and Region due to a lack of available facilities.

Additionally, supporters of the stadium have suggested it would provide an increase in tourism for the City, as it would attract international tournaments and make Brampton the cricket capital of the country.

Council is relatively split on the stadium, as Mayor Patrick Brown, and Regional Councillors Harkirat Singh and Gurpreet Dhillon have all expressed support for building it, while Regional Councillors Jeff Bowman, Michael Palleschi, and Martin Medeiros have expressed trepidation.

During a previous council meeting, a motion was passed to defer a decision on the stadium to the next budget meeting, which is scheduled for November 29.

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