Burlington residents will pay more for many city services in 2022

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Published October 27, 2021 at 2:35 pm

Burlington residents can expect to pay more for things like marriage licenses, burial permits and golfing at Tyandaga Golf Course next year.

The increases come after a freeze last year to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many fees however, will continue to be frozen.

For example, there will be no increase to ride a Burlington bus. Cash fares will remain the same at $3.50 per trip. Significant discounts can be found by preloading a Presto card and a loyalty program is being instituted that will see riders travel free after 38 trips in a month.

Also, there are no planned increases for city recreational facilities or city adult recreation programs, including drop-in and aquatic fitness.

Generally, the fees for most services are rising by two per cent and are rounded up to the nearest dollar. Many of the fees are not really aimed at residents, things like building applications and requests for zoning bylaw amendments.

Councillors will see the staff report at the Nov. 3 Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability Committee meeting, the same one where they’ll begin budget discussions for 2022.

According to the report, the amendments to user fees are intended to mitigate cost pressures on the programs and services the City provides, while continuing the delivery of quality programs and services for the residents of Burlington.

For 2022, some user fees are increasing moderately to reflect inflation while others are remaining the same as 2021 to provide continued financial relief to the community.

The full list of current rates and proposed increases can be found on the city website.

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