One of the most important tasks for Council each year is the city's annual budget. Budgeting is really about planning: we must provide quality services while maintaining property taxes at a reasonable and affordable rate.
These pages are designed to keep you up to date about the 2016 budget and give you background information to help you understand Burlington's budget and history.
Burlington, Ont. - Jan. 26, 2016 -The City of Burlington has approved the 2016 operating budget with a 3.14 per cent increase in the city's portion of property taxes, which will result in an overall property tax increase of two per cent when combined with Halton Region and the boards of education, or $17.10 per $100,000 of home assessment value.
Highlights of the approved budget include:
The 2016 Proposed Budget, Operating Budget report [F-47-15] and Capital Budget report [F-49-15], for the City of Burlington was presented to Council and the Public on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015 in the City of Burlington Council Chambers. Watch the staff presentation of 2016 Proposed Budget.
Delegations for the 2016 Operating Budget were heard by the C&CS Committee on January 19, 2016 [F-47-15-2]. Review and discussion by the C&CS Committee of the 2016 Operating Budget occured and January 20, 2016 [webcast]. The 2016 Operating Budget was approved on January 25, 2016 [Council No. 1-16].
The approved 2015 and 2014 Operating and Capital Budget books are posted as an inaccessible PDF document. If you wish to request this document in alternative format or with communication supports, please submit an Accessible Document and Communication Request Form.
In partnership with Socrata, the City of Burlington has launched Open Budget, an e-Government Open Data pilot project to allow for visualization and exploration of the Capital and Operating Budgets. Open Budget is an application intended to drive greater government accountability and financial transparency. Open Budget is designed for quick deployment and citizen empowerment. The charts, graphs, and images are attractive, navigable, and easy to understand.
On July 6, 2015, the 2016 Budget Framework report (F-33-15) was presented to Committee. The report was presented to provide an understanding of the parameters upon which staff will prepare the 2016 Budget. It highlights the budget drivers that will impact the 2016 Budget and outlines the principles that have been recognized by this Council as important policy decisions.
Watch the webcast of the staff overview of the 2016 Budget Framework.
Read Your 2016 Municipal Tax Dollars at Work brochure.