Municipal government is big business and requires people with the capacity to oversee budgets that run in the hundreds of millions. Liking people also helps.

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By Pepper Parr March 4th, 2018 BURLINGTON, ON   I frequently correspond with Gazette readers, some of whom are very critical, blunt and direct. They […]

4.36 % tax increase in the city's operational budget.

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By Pepper Parr February 1st, 2018 BURLINGTON, ON   Council added more money for transit and sports fields maintenance to the 2018 operating budget after […]

Burlington has some budget lessons to learn from a report produced by one of the most respected think tanks in the country.

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By Staff January 8th, 2018 BURLINGTON, ON   Canada’s major cities tend to understate revenue and spending, wait too long to release budgets, and confuse […]

Finance department tells council a tax hike of 4.19% will be needed to keep the doors open in 2018

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By Staff January 2, 2018 BURLINGTON, ON   The announcement from city hall was pretty straight forward – the review of city’s proposed 2018 operating […]

Council to debate the 2018 Operating budget - $30,000 will be used to decide what to do with the Lowville school house.


By Pepper Parr December 27th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   The city Finance department takes care of collecting the money. They create a budget that gets […]

$68.6 million to be spent on Capital projects - for a city that keeps talking about improving transit - a lot is being spent on roads.

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By Staff December 12, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   During the final city council meeting of 2017 Monday evening, the significant seven approved a Capital Budget […]

Finance department gives Council an Operating budget with a 4.19% increase over last year.

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By Pepper Parr December 3rd, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   Budget time. City staff presented an Operating budget with a 4.19 % increase over last year […]

City is renaming two of its departments to more accurately reflect the services provided. Means everyone gets new business cards.

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By Staff November 9th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   The City of Burlington is renaming two of its departments to more accurately reflect the services that […]

Capital budget proposal for 2018 is $68.6 million.

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By Staff November 2, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   A review of the 2018 proposed budgets will begin on Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. A copy […]

Mayor announces his intention to run for re-election.

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By Pepper Parr October 18th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   It wasn’t a great surprise – if he wasn’t employed as the Mayor what would he […]

Mayor is looking for a way to communicate with the people who pay the taxes - he's hoping a Telephone Town Hall will draw an audience.


By Pepper Parr October 10th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON The Mayor tried this once before – it didn’t work out all that well. But he is […]

City budget for 2018 - what might we be looking at?

By Pepper Parr September 20, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   While the city beavers away at getting all the public participation for the Mobility Hubs done […]

Brown calls for an inquiry into the state of city transit service.

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By Staff September 13th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   The chair of Burlington for Accessible. Sustainable Transit (BFAST) says he wants an independent inquiry into the […]

Council passes a bylaw - Taxes due on June 21 and September 21

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By Staff May 16, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   Yesterday City Council approved the 2017 Tax Levy Bylaw that allows the Finance department to end you […]

The politicians romance transit users - now to get them to put some real money into the service. Prospects don't look all that good at the city council level.

Transit - unhappy customer

By Pepper Parr April 3, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   It was the third annual Burlington for fast meeting – the audience was much the same, […]

What we paid our city council members in 2016

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By Pepper Parr February 28th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   Why does what we pay our politicians of so much interest to people? We don’t spend […]

Regional government boast a triple a - Aaa - credit rating. Gets points for fiscal responsibility. Transparency and accountability are another matter.

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By Staff February 16th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   Quite why the Regional government would assign one of their communications advisors the task of preparing a […]

A fascinating exchange of opinions and views on the way we are taxed. Sharman and Muir go at it.

City Hall - high frontal view

The exchange of opinions between an informed citizen and an elected member of city council can at times be fascinating. This is the kind of […]

What your council members think of the $238 million dollar operating budget they passed last night.

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By Pepper Parr January 24th, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON   For Ward 2 city Councillor Marianne Meed Ward it was a good budget – bad budget. […]

Technology fails city council once again - program that records the votes wasn't working - it never has worked. What did it cost?

Council vote Dec 18-14 Water Street

By Staff January 23, 2017 BURLINGTON, ON The budget of $238 million for 2017 was approved Monday night – on a vote of 5-2 with […]

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