Property taxes could climb 7.08% in Burlington


Published January 4, 2023 at 9:55 am

Burlington City staff will be presenting the 2023 Budget Overview Report to the Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability Committee of Burlington City Council at an upcoming meeting.

The meeting, which will take place on Monday, Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m., will provide an overview of the proposed 2023 Budget.

The meeting will be hybrid and members of the public may attend either in person or online at

The proposed 2023 budget recommends an overall tax increase of 7.08 per cent which includes Region of Halton and Boards of Education. Of the 7.08 per cent increase to the property tax bill, Burlington’s portion of the overall increase is 5.90 per cent.

After almost three years of COVID-19 impacts, which have resulted in revenue losses and increased expenses, the city has not kept pace with investing in the services and amenities that the community needs.

As a result, the city must continue to invest in its infrastructure including roads, buildings and transit busses.

The 2023 proposed budget before City Council will maintain service levels while recognizing higher-than-average inflation, address the continued financial impacts of COVID-19 and dedicate funding to ensure its $5.2 billion of assets are maintained in a state of good repair.

Additionally, it will include community investments for the next 50 years such as two new community centers planned to open over the next few years, stabilize and enhance city services and address the immediate need for an updated non-union compensation program that keeps salaries market competitive and provide more city services to residents and businesses online digitally.

The 2023 proposed budget will also directly address feedback from residents which include the need for more bylaw enforcement staff, more animal services staff and education to support the City’s coyote management strategy.

It also includes automated speed enforcement to deal with local traffic concerns, additional firefighters and more transit operators.

Members of the public can learn more about the proposed 2023 budget and share their feedback by joining the virtual 2023 Budget Town Hall, hosted by Mayor Marianne Meed Ward on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Residents may visit to join in and watch the meeting on Jan. 19, or in advance to submit a question.

Members of the public may also register to speak to City Council at the Feb. 6 meeting of the Corporate Services, Strategy, Risk and Accountability Committee where the proposed budget will be reviewed, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Those who would like to speak at the meeting as a delegation can register by calling 905-335-7777, ext. 7481 or visiting The deadline to register is noon on Feb. 3, 2023.

A copy of the report and more information is available at

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