What do you want to pay for with your taxes? City hall wants to know.

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By Pepper Parr December 9, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON   The City of Burlington is asking Burlington’s property owners, business owners and renters to complete an […]

What will council set out to do during its next term of office? How soon will the public learn just how much the August flood is going to cost? Will it take a tax increase to get anything done?

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By Pepper Parr November 18, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON.   We did elect them – well 34. 14 % of us did. In twelve days the […]

Council report suggests a 4% a year tax increase every year for the next term. Given some of the revenue shortfalls – that could be a wish.

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By Pepper Parr July 28, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. Once City council had lopped close to $400,000 off the payroll with the retirement of Kim […]

106 city hall staff members on the provincial sunshine list – earning more than $100,000 annually.

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By Staff March 31, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. Each year the province requires municipalities to publish a list of all those who earn more than $100,00 […]

If the grass you cut was really hay – would you get a lower tax rate? Developers take hay off vacant land and pay 1/5th the tax you pay.

This isn't exactly yhe middle of a farm field is it.  Land that could be taxed as commercial gets a farmland tax rate even if it is in the middle of town - all you have to dop is cut rhwe hay and bale it.

By Pepper Parr March 12, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. During the time of Jesus in first century Israel, there were tax collectors who could walk […]

John Street terminal to stay for now; bigger issue got put on the table: Where is Burlington going with public transit – council doesn’t know.

There was a time when a much larger bus termial existed 25 yards to the left of this small terminal onm John Street - it was where people met.  There were fewer cars, Burlington didn't have the wealth then that it has now.  We were a smaller city, as much rural as suburban.  The times have changed and transit now needs to change as well.

By Pepper Parr March 5, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. The John Street transit terminal will remain in place – for now. On a vote of […]

Council keeps taxes for this term of office just over their 10% projection – comes in at 10.13 over four years.

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By Pepper Parr March 5, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. What started out as an ask of $134,513,000 as a total tax levy, which called for […]

Guess whose name is coming off the Christmas card list? Meed Ward wants staff parking treated as a taxable benefit.

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By Pepper Parr March 3, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. She is serious. Ward 2 Councillor Marianne Meed Ward is moving with some dispatch on her […]

Full time heritage planner first step to a Conservation Heritage District designation for Mt Nemo plateau

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By Pepper Parr February 22, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. There will be a heritage planner – a full time heritage planner but getting the position […]

Council beavers away at reducing spending – has $2.7 million left over from last year – which they aren’t going to give back.

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By Pepper Parr February 22, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. When they brought things to a closer on Thursday we had a CURRENT budget of $134,339,651 […]

Culture in the city isn’t going to be managed – council takes a pass on the cost – maybe next year.

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By Pepper Parr February 21, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. There isn’t going to be a Cultural Manager in Burlington during 2014 – perhaps in 2015, […]

Transit rider advocacy group want John street terminal kept and a better deal for those who use the bus as well.

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By Pepper Parr February 20, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON Doug Brown knows more about what Burlington hasn’t managed to do with its transit service than […]

Dennison finds an easy $12 million – Mayor says its a cash grab. Is the golf course a city asset in play?

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By Pepper Parr February 19, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. You can`t fault Councillor Jack Dennison for trying – and try he does. During a Standing […]

$67 million capital buget clears a Standing Committee – council doesn’t lay a finger on the city managers goals.

Ward 4 Councillor Jack Dennison, who knows the Tyandaga part of the city very well - used to represent that part of the city - wants to see a couple of hundred million dollars home on the land.  His thinking appears to be aligned with that of the city manager.

By Pepper Parr February 11, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. City manager Jeff Fielding has to be a happy camper today. Council gave him $67 million and […]

Drilling down into parts of a multi million dollar capital projects budget.

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By Pepper Parr February 10, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. With the city budget determined as both capital costs and Operating costs – it can still […]

RBA, SBB, BPM – alphabet soup or a more efficient way to run a city? Will it keep our taxes down?

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By Pepper Parr February 4, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. Where would you go if you wanted to figure out what RBA and BPM and SBB […]

There is a hill we just might die on financially if we don’t do a better job of planning today. Is this a crisis that can be managed?

Goodram looking north from LAkeshore: a classic Burlington Street that cost $2.9 million to rebuild just a portion of the street.

By Pepper Parr BURLINGTON, ON. February 4, 2014 Jeff Fielding has a problem. It’s a big problem. We aren’t sure exactly when he realized […]

Public wanted more detail and they wanted it earlier in the budget process. Strong turnout for the first and only public meeting on budget.

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By Pepper Parr January 30, 2014 BURLINGTON, ON. The public got their first chance to see real detail on the proposed 2014 budget. It […]

What they want to take from you and how they want to spend it. Budget time in Burlington. Your Budget, Your Say

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By Staff BURLINGTON, ON. January 23, 2014 You write them a cheque for times a year. It’s not exactly chump change. It’s just one […]

Some magazine said we were the number one medium sized city: do the facts support that? Basically – yes!

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By Pepper Parr BURLINGTON, ON. January 15, 2014 While Burlington’s budget is certainly not settled – the broad strokes are clear enough. The public […]

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