That budget - Councillors Sharman and Dennison make comments.

Burlington flags

By Pepper Parr January 27th, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON. The meeting started with a close to mammoth photo op – players from the Barracudas and the […]

Mayor interrupts delegation - says he was straying from the topic under discussion. So much for encouraging people to take part in the civic process.

Vince Fitorio

By Pepper Parr January 26th, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON It was his first serious delegation, one at which he had a concern he wanted to put […]

Residential tax rate will be $17.10 per $100,000 of home assessment value.

Newsflash oblong

By Staff January 25th, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON The residential tax rate for 2016 is going to be $17.10 per $100,000 of home assessment value. City […]

Can the Mayor and the two Councillors who voted for the Free Monday transit for seniors find a fourth vote to make the basically no cost pilot take place?

By Pepper Parr January 22, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON It’s called being between a rock and a hard place, The rules will ‘get ya’ every time. […]

Aldershot citizen speaks in favour of free transit on Monday. for seniors - council vote no.


By Jim Young January 21st, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON I am speaking as a private citizen in support of Burlington Seniors Advisory Committee’s effort to reduce […]

Council nixes the idea of a pilot project that would let seniors ride free on Monday's They approved $16,000 for their Car Free Sunday event.

By Pepper Parr January 21st, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON Robert Lovell doesn’t understand. Robert Lovell He was interviewed for the job he has as a member […]

Council whittles the tax increase down a bit - Performing Arts Centre gets what it wanted - Seniors lost out on transit.

Newsflash oblong

By Pepper Parr January 21st, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON What started out as a 3.85% increase in the tax rate for 2016 got whittled down to […]

Performing Arts Centre wants to add new staff to their base budget - council will debate that ask today.

By Pepper Parr January 20th, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON It was a different day for Rick Burgess who stood before the Community and Corporate Affairs Standing […]

Tireless advocate for transit disappointed with what has been budgeted for bus service - but he does see some hope.

Bfast meeting March 28-15

By Pepper Parr January 20, 2106 BURLINGTON, ON Every chance Doug Brown gets to talk about transit – he shows up. Brown is part of […]

Seniors push for free transit on Monday's - chances of this making it to the final budget look good. Oakville has had such a service since 2012.

Bus station 1

By Pepper Parr January 19th, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON It was delegation time, the occasion when different community groups get their ten minutes to wrangle with […]

At the current and forecasted tax rate citizen sees taxes doubling in 20 years - he doesn't expect his pension income to double over that period of time.

Muir making a point

TO: Burlington Community and Corporate Standing Committee FROM: Tom Muir Subject: City Budget 2016   Tom Muir wasn’t able to get to the Standing committee […]

City spent $4.75 million less than they planned in 2015 - no - they aren't going to give any of it back to you.

City Hall clock

By Pepper Parr JANUARY 19th, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON The report to council set out how the treasurer thought the surplus from the 2015 budget should […]

If something that is clearly incorrect is repeated often enough - does that make it true?


By Pepper Parr January 19th 2016 BURLINGTON, ON The budget city council is debating this week and will make law next week adheres to the […]

Council to debate the operating portion of the budget - looks like a hike of 3.85% over last year.

Burlington flags

By Pepper Parr January 19, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON The report going to the Community and Corporate Services Committee asks city council to approve the 2016 […]

Advocacy group maintains the city budget shortchanges transit users - less is being spent on transit this year than last.

Bus station John Street lined up 1 side

By Staff January 13th, 2016 BURLINGTON, ON City Council will meet next week for two days to thrash out the 2016 budget which, at this […]

2015 in review - July, August and September - some significant appointments made.


By Staff December 29, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON The year in review – July, August and September – how did the city do? July 2015 Union […]

Performinmg Arts Centre budget request creeping closer to $1 million - Economic impact study claims they add $7.8 million to the local economy.


By Pepper Parr December 2, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON Part of the budget process Burlington uses is the presenting of business cases for new spending. The […]

Preparing for a storm water tax - there is nothing simple about this one.

Appleby underpass

By Pepper Parr November 24th, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON When a new tax is created more than one department at city hall gets involved. The Finance […]

What does a possible 3.85% tax increase look like in graphic form? What does our tax hit look like when compared with others?

By Pepper Parr November 20, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON What do we know about ourselves as taxpayers – and how do we compare with other jurisdictions […]

Tax increase for next year 3.85% in the budget overview - Oakville came in at 2.45%

Newsflash oblong

By Staff November 17, 2105 BURLINGTON, ON Look for a tax increase of about 3.85% – Mayor Goldring suggested they might try and get it […]

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