City and two of its unions reach a tentative agreement

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By Staff June 29, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON The city and two of its unions have reached a tentative agreement which will, if ratified by the […]

City's piggy bank is pretty full - nice fat reserves keep the Councillors happy - happy enough to reduce taxes?

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By Pepper Parr June 22, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON At March 31, 2015 the total balances of all the reserve funds amounted to $146.0 million, which […]

Board of education does a quickie and approves spending for both capital ($62.6 million) and operating ($685.7) spending in minutes - also says it will be going along with the new sex ed curriculum .

By Walter Byj June 9, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON There were not many items on the June 3rd agenda, but two of them had the potential […]

Meed Ward convinces developes to meet with the community and talk about what they want to do with their downtown property holdings.

By Pepper Parr May 7, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON Ward 2 Councillor Marianne Meed Ward has always believed that citizens should be engaged much earlier in […]

Regional chair takes his A team to Queen's Park to state the Halton case and squeeze some dollars from the province to pay for the growth they expect.

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By Pepper Parr February 25, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON If you ever wanted to know how networking is done effectively – read on. Regional Chair Gary […]

Tax rate for residential in 2015 set at 3.64% more than 2014. Long term view has a lot of road repair work to be done.

By Pepper Parr February 24, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON The budget was done – out came the rubber stamp – but they didn’t use it. There […]

There is a serious transit service problem - and this council has yet to come up with a solution.

If there was ever a place to locate a transit terminal - that would be John Street where the only terminal in the city is now located.  Transit department is recommending it be removed and tickets sold at city hall.  Ward 2 Councillor Marianne Meed Ward isn't buying that business case

By Staff February 23, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON Members of Council ask questions of city staff. Both the questions and the answers are set out in […]

Council committee "miraculously" approves a budget in 3.5 hrs - now it goes to council for the rubber stamp

Citizens gathering in a public session to review a proposed city budget with Council members on hand to answer questions and staff on hanbd to delve into the details.  They weren't doing that in Syria last Thursday night.

By Pepper Parr February 23, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON The creation of a municipal budget is complex – the work begins almost as soon as the […]

Council to set budget for 2015; some feisty delegations expected: Henshell, Muir and Marsden have asked to speak.

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By Pepper Parr February 22, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON Your city council will meet Monday evening to cast the 2015 budget in stone. There will be […]

City squeezes out a surplus of just over a quarter of a million- Mayor says finalizing a budget in less than three hours

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By Pepper Parr February 20, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON In the commercial world the word they look for is profit – did we make a profit? […]

Council committee adds $125,000 to 2015 budget - tax rate expected to be $19.10 for each $100,000 of assesment,

By Staff February 17, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON How much do they want to spend and how much are they going to tax you? The city […]

Art Gallery passes GO with $140,000 in hand; is there some property to be sold on the Tax Stabilization fund Monopoly Board?

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By Pepper Parr February 10, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON The city’s Tax Stabilization fund got clipped for $140,000 this morning. The Tax Stabilization find is the […]

Ten minutes each to tell city council what you think of their budget.

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By Staff February 9, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON If you want your ten minutes of fame before city council slip over to the city web site […]

They are going to spend millions - get your two cents worth in.

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By Staff February 7, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON If you want your ten minutes of fame before city council slip over to the city web site […]

City launches its new approach to the creation of a budget - public misses the opportunity to ask questions.

Budget 2015 Services at the centre of it all

By Pepper Parr February 3, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON It wasn’t the best show in town and it certainly wasn’t the only show in town but […]

Pathetic turnout for public meeting on the budget - wasn't the weather - rink next door drew the hockey parents.

Budget public meeting - empty hall

By Pepper Parr January 30th, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON. Was it the weather? Maybe people didn’t know about the meeting? Maybe they don’t care? Ten minutes […]

Public gets to hear what the city wants to set the tax rate at - thinking upwards of 3.5% more than last year.


By Pepper Parr January 28, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON It is that time of year again – when the city sets out what they want to […]

Wither city hall: Is there a new one in the cards; part of a real vision perhaps?

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By Pepper Parr January 19, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON. The city did another photo opportunity last week. Opened in 1965, expanded later the structure no longer […]

How will the Mayor lead his Council after they trashed his board and committee appointment recommedations?

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By Pepper Parr January 8, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON City council will meet for the first time this year on Monday morning of next week to […]

Budget for 2015 includes a Shoreacres character study for $60,000. Is there value for money here?

Shoreacres creek - prefab bridge

By Pepper Parr January 4, 2015 BURLINGTON, ON. They are called Character Area studies; exercises where planners and residents meet to talk about what kind […]

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