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Property taxes on the rise in Oakville

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Oakville home Town staff presented Oakville’s proposed 2015 operating and capital budgets to the Budget Committee achieving Council’s direction to keep the total property tax increase in line with inflation. Town staff recommended a 2.35 per cent increase to the town’s portion of the tax bill for an overall property tax increase of 1.53 per cent including the approved region increase and estimated education tax rates. The proposed increase would see residential property taxes increase by $13.35 per $100,000 of assessment meaning that a home assessed at $400,000 would pay an additional $53.40 per year or $1.03 per week.

“The recommended budget is about responsible management of taxpayer dollars,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Our goal is to offer valued programs to the community, make strategic investments in infrastructure, while keeping property taxes in line with inflation. This proposed budget delivers on that promise.”

Staff is recommending a $459.1 million combined budget for operating and capital requirements to provide over 60 wide ranging programs and services including winter road maintenance, parks and trails, harbours, transit, emergency services, recreation and culture, senior services, libraries, and to keep the town’s 1,900 kilometres of roads and 1.9 million square feet of community facilities in a state of good repair.

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Public Consultation Needed – Rates and Fees for 2015

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

Town of OakvilleCouncil has approved the 2015 rates and fees recommended by the Budget Committee. On average, rates and fees will increase between two and three per cent which will generate close to $1.1 million in revenue to help fund valued programs and services. Council also approved the Budget Committee’s recommendations that student transit fees be frozen and that the province be called upon to provide greater financial support for specialized accessible transit services mandated by the Ontario government.

“Council is committed to providing the best possible programs and services,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “These modest increases reflect the guidance from 75 per cent of surveyed residents that the cost to maintain and improve programs and services should come from user rates rather than property taxes.”

Council also pre-approved funding for capital projects that are scheduled to get underway during the first quarter of this year including the town’s Emerald Ash Borer Management Program, the rehabilitation of Rebecca Street bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek, renovations to pool equipment and fitness change rooms at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre and repairs at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.

Staff will present the 2015 budget discussion document to the Budget Committee on Thursday, February 19. The Budget Committee will then hold both formal and informal public consultation meetings before the budget is brought forward to Council for approval on March 30.

The public is encouraged to get involved in the process through the following opportunities:

  • Release of the 2015 Budget Book to the Budget Committee on February 19 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Budget Open House on Wednesday, February 25 at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre from 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Budget Open House on Tuesday, March 3 at Iroquois Ridge Community Centre from 7 to 8 p.m.
  • Commission presentations at Budget Committee meeting on March 5 at 9:30 a.m. and March 9 at 9:30 a.m. as required
  • Public delegations presented at Budget Committee meeting on March 11 at 9:30 a .m. and 7 p.m.
  • Budget Committee deliberations on March 23 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Final Budget approval by Town Council on March 30 at 7 p.m.

“We are committed to long-term financial stability for Oakville,” said Councillor Tom Adams, chair of the 2015 Budget Committee. “We will be focusing on building and maintaining infrastructure, continuing to provide high quality programs and services, while keeping overall property tax increases in-line with inflation.”

All Budget Committee and Council meetings will be held in Council Chamber at Town Hall, located at 1225 Trafalgar Road and are open to the public. For those who cannot attend the meetings, they are streamed live at TownTV.ca. Residents can also email their comments to budget@oakville.ca. All submissions whether in person, writing, email or social media, will be considered as part of the Budget Committee deliberations.

If you would like to attend a meeting and have any accessibility needs, please contact Kathy Patrick at 905-845-6601, ext. 4235.

New Canadians sworn in at Oakville citizenship ceremony

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Oakville citizenship ceremonyTwenty-eight new Canadian citizens were welcomed today at a citizenship ceremony hosted by the Town of Oakville in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Oakville’s newest Canadians come from 16 different countries.

“Becoming a Canadian citizen is a great privilege. We are proud that these individuals from across the world have made the decision to call Oakville home,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “On behalf of Council, I’d like to welcome these new Canadians to our town. I strongly encourage them to get involved in our community and contribute to our vision of making Oakville the most livable town in Canada.”

Judge Ted Salci presided over the official citizenship ceremony, which saw 30 candidates sworn in as citizens. The candidates were welcomed by Joan Gibb, representative for MP Terence Young, Alex Wellstead, representative for MPP Kevin Flynn, Mayor Rob Burton and veteran Andy Barber.

The town and the Oakville Public Library (OPL) offer a variety of programs and participate in numerous outreach activities to help meet the needs newcomers. These include recreational programs, library online resources to improve language skills, as well as workshops that assist children and teens with homework or a place to meet new friends or help newcomers build a career in Canada. The OPL also offers a growing number of print, audio, and DVD materials in languages other than English for both children and adults.

To assist residents who speak a language other than English, the town subscribes to Language Line, an over-the-phone interpretation service that provides interpreters in more than 150 languages. This service ensures that whether in person or by phone, residents will receive great customer service. In addition, the town’s website uses Google Translate, an online translation tool that allows residents and visitors to read the information provided in the language of their choice.

Mayor appoints advisory group on aircraft noise abatement

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Mayor Rob Burton has formed a Mayor’s Advisory Group (MAG) led by Regional and Town Councillor Jeff Knoll and composed of Regional and Town Councillors Allan Elgar and Tom Adams, and Town Councillors Roger Lapworth, Marc Grant and Max Khan, to pursue options for improvement to the aircraft noise problem that has been documented in Oakville.

During a meeting with the Mayor late last month, Nav Canada expressed an openness to consider developing mitigations to the flight path changes they implemented at Pearson International Airport in 2012.

“Based on the openness of Nav Canada to consider examining opportunities to improve the situation here, it is my expectation that this MAG will be able to report within a year on options for aircraft noise mitigations for Council to consider endorsing and requesting,” Mayor Burton said.

Background:

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) appeared earlier this year to provide an annual update to Halton Regional Council. There was some disappointment on the part of Regional Council that the GTAA had not adjusted the official membership and boundaries of their Community Environment & Noise Advisory Committee (CENAC) to reflect flight path changes.

The shared sense of disappointment in the GTAA by Halton Regional Councillors flowed from the GTAA failing to update CENAC in a timely fashion, which should have been done by 2013 at the latest.

The formation of the MAG is in-line with similar action taking place in municipalities across Canada. An example is the action taken by Surrey and Richmond, B.C. in striking task forces like the MAG, which eventually led to improvements in aircraft noise.

Mayor Burton decided to meet with Nav Canada before launching the MAG to see if the process undertaken in B.C. could be improved or even shortened.

Town Celebrates at 13th Annual Community Spirit Awards

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014


Oakville’s outstanding volunteers were celebrated for their exemplary contributions to the community at the 13th Annual Community Spirit Awards held at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre.

2014 Community Spirit Award recipients:

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