With a 3.99% budget increase staring them in the face city council is aking a lot of questions.

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By Pepper Parr January 18th, 2019 BURLINGTON, ON   Director of Finance Joan Ford does a great job of providing the data ad her department […]

Could the Boards and Committees not get by on a 1.5|% budget increase?


By Pepper Parr January 17th, 2019 BURLINGTON, ON   Local Boards and Committees are to be given a 2% increase over their 2018 base budget. […]

Proposed tax increase set at 3.99% - still well above inflation.


By Pepper Parr January 13th, 2019 BURLINGTON, ON   They now begin to get into the nitty gritty of the job they have been elected […]

Another one of those win - win - win ideas that Jim Young believes can actually be achieved in the first 100 days of the new city council.

Burlington Transit getting new buses - to deliver less service.

The Gazette invited readers to tell the city council that will be sworn in next Monday what they felt were the more important issues that […]

What will the 2019 tax increase be ? Let's hope the new council is open and honest about what the taxes are going to be.

Stolte and Kearns - budget book

By Pepper Parr November 21st, 2018 BURLINGTON, ON   On Jan. 29, 2018, Burlington City Council approved the 2018 Operating Budget with a 4.36% city […]

First stab at the 2019 budget comes in at 4.1% increase.

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By Staff July 10th, 2018 BURLINGTON, ON   We are at one of those more delicate political points in the life of a city council’s […]

If Doug Ford actually comes through with his 10 cent per litre savings on gas - will that savings come out of the hide of municipal transit?

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By Pepper Parr June 25th, 2018 BURLINGTON, ON   With the provincial election out of the way – we will figure out just what kind […]

Mayor reminds his colleagues that a bylaw has to be approved before they go home allowing for the collection of taxes.

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By Staff April 25th, 2018 BURLINGTON, ON   The meeting was running late and everyone on council wanted to adjourn and go home. They had […]

Pay package for city manager is almost $300,000 - before taxes.

If you're happy and you know it - clap your hands.

By Pepper Parr March 27th, 2018 BURLINGTON, ON   What we pay our civil servants and what they deliver in the way of service and […]

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.

Flood Goldring with chain of office

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 […]

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