Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Every year as part of the annual budget process, the Town of Oakville reviews its rates and fees charged for programs and services offered to the community. Residents are invited to provide feedback about the proposed increases to Oakville’s 2015 rates and fees on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. in Council Chamber at Town Hall.
“User fees are one of two key ways we fund programs and services for Oakville residents,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “The Citizen Survey results repeatedly show that 75 per cent of residents prefer an increase in user rates over an increase in property taxes to maintain or improve services. Residents have provided clear feedback and guidance to Council.”
Under the Municipal Act, municipalities have the authority to impose fees or charges for any activity or service provided, but cannot charge more than the cost to provide those programs and services. Many services provided by the town are fully tax supported and have no user fees, such as roads, parks, and fire protection. Other services such as recreation programs, facility and field rentals, transit fares, parking, as well as development and planning permits are funded through a combination of user fees and taxes.
As part of the rates and fees review, Oakville is considering various increases to help balance the municipal contribution to operating costs with user fee revenues. On average Oakville’s proposed 2015 rates and fees will increase between two and three per cent. The additional revenue realized in 2015 from the proposed fee changes totals close to $1.16 million.
At the January 20, 2015, meeting, the 2015 Budget Committee will discuss the proposed changes to Oakville’s existing rates and fees as well as the estimated costs of administering and enforcing the Building Code Act and the Planning Act.
All submissions whether in person, writing, email or social media, will be considered as part of the 2015 Budget Committee deliberations.
Those wishing to appear as a delegate before the Budget Committee on January 20, 2015, may register in person at the meeting, or in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 905-815-6015 by noon on Monday, January 19. Alternately, residents can email their comments to email@example.com.
If you would like to attend the meeting and have any accessibility needs, please contact Kathy Patrick at 905-845-6601, ext. 4235 or fill out the accessible online feedback form
Review the proposed 2015 Rates and Fees or request a copy in person at Town Hall at the ServiceOakville customer service desk. The Budget Committee recommendations will be presented to Council for approval on January 26, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Council Chamber at Town Hall. The approved 2015 Rates and Fees will be implemented effective February 1, 2015.