Regional Council approves Halton’s 2022 Budget Directions Report

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Published July 15, 2021 at 1:48 pm

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Halton Regional Council recently approved the 2022 Budget Directions Report to keep the region’s property taxes low.

The report provides guidelines to help staff maintain existing service levels for regional programs. Additionally, it supports the community’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic while establishing a target property tax increase at or below the rate of inflation which is 2.0 per cent.

Some of Halton’s Budget priorities for 2022 include Public Health, paramedic and children’s services, a digital strategy, waste management, transportation, a rent supplement program, homelessness, service for seniors, a water and wastewater system, basement flooding mitigation and a long-term water meter strategy.

“The 2022 Budget Directions Report is an important step in the development of our next Budget and Business Plan,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr.

“It lays a foundation to help us preserve our strong financial position, keep property taxes low and support our community as more residents get vaccinated and Halton gradually reopens.”

The report also identifies priorities for regional investments in 2022.

This is to ensure that residents have access to essential services while providing for program enhancements that address community growth. It also ensures that next year’s Budget aligns with the strategic themes, objectives and outcomes outlined in the 2019–2022 Strategic Business Plan.

The report also outlines the financial pressures related to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout. As staff develop plans for 2022, they are closely monitoring current and potential fiscal impacts.

The 2022 Council Budget Meeting is currently scheduled for December 8, 2021.

The 2022 Budget and Business Plan is scheduled for December 15, 2021, to be considered for approval by Regional Council.

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