News release

At tonight's Budget Meeting, Dec. 7, 2020, Milton Council approved the 2021 budget representing an investment of $56.2 million in capital projects and $147.4 million through the operating budget to deliver programs and services to Milton’s growing community.

“This year, Council and staff set out to develop a shared long term vision for Milton by identifying priorities within the Council Staff Work Plan,” said Mayor Gord Krantz. “Staff have worked hard to prepare a budget for Council that delivers on those priorities, while balancing taxpayer affordability. This balance is evident as Milton continues to maintain one of the most affordable property tax rates in Ontario.”

The 2021 budget themes include investment and focus in:

  • Customer service
  • Modernization of services
  • Environmental and financial sustainability
  • Economic development
  • Asset management

In alignment with resident feedback, the 2021 capital portion of the budget represents a $56.2 million investment in new infrastructure to support the Town’s growth and expansion, as well as the rehabilitation and replacement of existing infrastructure.

“The Town strives to incorporate financial strategies that do not directly impact our taxpayer through leveraging additional funding sources to pay for new or rehabilitated infrastructure such as development charges and grants,” said CAO Andrew Siltala, Town of Milton. “Additionally, Council and staff priorities include identifying sustainable new revenue streams and remaining competitive to attract various sectors to Milton to balance the tax base.”

The operating portion provides $147.4 million for the day-to-day operations at the Town that deliver important services to our community. It provides the funding to deliver services such as firefighting and protective services, snow clearing, maintenance of roads and parks, transit and recreation.

 “Staff heard our community and Council, recognized the COVID-19 economic impacts to our communities, incorporated our shared priorities, and brought forward a budget that is fiscally responsible and meets the needs and expectations of our residents and businesses,” said Councillor Zeeshan Hamid, Milton’s 2021 Budget Chair. “While considering the impact to taxpayers, the 2021 budget ensures that we are making smart investments in the necessary resources, while also delivering services, programs and infrastructure to support Milton now and in the future.”

Property tax bills are comprised of tax rates from the Town of Milton, Halton Region, and Education. As a result of the 2021 approved budget, Milton’s portion of the property tax bill will increase by 3.93 per cent. Therefore, the average overall household property tax bill will increase in 2021 by an estimated 2.19 per cent, or $14.67 per $100,000 of residential assessment.

Visit the Town’s website to view the 2021 budget highlights and learn about the priorities outlined in Milton’s Council Staff Work Plan.

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