Mississauga residents can tune in to see if they’ll be paying more to ride the bus and take a swim

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Published September 27, 2021 at 12:12 pm

Mississauga residents might want to tune in to a city budget meeting next week to learn if it’ll cost them more to ride the bus, sign their kids up for swimming lessons or rent space at a community centre next year.  

The City of Mississauga is hosting a Budget Committee meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 1:30 p.m. to discuss 2022 fees and charges for a wide array of services it provides. Revenue sources such as MiWay public transit, recreation, library and rental fees are all on the agenda, City officials say, as they help offset the cost of delivering services. 

Those interested can watch the meeting via live stream. 

In the meantime, the City is urging residents and business owners to play the role of budget chief and decide how Mississauga spends its money in 2022. 

And they’re looking at hundreds of millions of dollars in the exercise. The City’s 2021 net operating budget was $554 million. 

The City’s Budget Allocator, an interactive online tool for next year’s budget, is now live. Residents and businesses can use it to explore and learn more about specific City services that are included in the budget while gaining insight into the overall number-crunching process, City officials say. 

Additionally, the online tool is used to gather public feedback regarding impact of the City’s spending choices. It’s a way, officials say, for people to voice their opinions on Mississauga’s financial plan for 2022. 

The Budget Allocator lets residents test different spending options for a range of City services including transit, roads, winter maintenance, fire and emergency services, recreation and more by increasing, maintaining or decreasing the budget dollars spent for each service area while still balancing the budget. 

Results from the feedback exercise received by Oct. 15 will be shared at a Budget Committee meeting on Nov. 22, and help inform Council’s decision on the 2022 proposed Budget and Business Plan. 

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