As the province begins to gradually ease restrictions on January 31, 2022, the Town of Oakville is ready to welcome residents back to our facilities with health and safety measures in place.
Tue, 21 Dec 2021
The 1.50 per cent 2022 tax increase set Monday night in Oakville is the lowest tax increase in Halton Region for 2022. Oakville Council unanimously approved the 2022 operating and capital budgets recommended by the Budget Committee to deliver Council’s improvements to town services that residents and businesses value while outperforming Council's direction to keep the overall property tax increase in line with inflation.
At last night’s meeting, Budget Committee Chair Councillor Tom Adams noted that the $328.2 million 2022 operating budget and $276.3 million capital budget supports the town’s response to the pandemic. The budget invests in Council-approved priorities, including building new community facilities and improving traffic and pedestrian safety, while ensuring the town’s long-term fiscal sustainability. While continuing to maintain its strong financial reserves and low debt levels, the budget provides significant funding for maintaining Oakville’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure in a state of good repair.
The combined operating and capital budgets result in a 1.67 per cent increase to the town’s portion of the tax bill, for an overall property tax increase of 1.50 per cent when combined with the regional and educational tax levies.
The approved budget would see residential property taxes increase by $10.80 per $100,000 of assessment meaning that the owner of a home assessed at $800,000 would pay an additional $86.40 per year or $1.66 per week.
The 2022 Budget includes funding for the new North Park community centre, library and sport fields, the Sixth Line (North Park to William Halton Parkway) and Speers Road (Fourth Line to Dorval Drive) widening with active transportation, electric buses, storm water and erosion control infrastructure improvements, oakville.ca website multi-year rebuild, as well as the opening of various new parks, parkettes and trails.
Based on assumptions of how the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to affect operations, the budget is designed to fund initiatives that provide alternative recreational opportunities for residents and minimize the financial impacts due to lost revenues in areas like transit, parking and sports field rental revenues.
For more information on the 2022 Budget and to view all final budget documents, please visit the 2022 Budget page.
“I am proud of the way staff and the committee were able to get the tax increase down to 1.50 per cent while adding significant requests to the programs and facilities we provide and meet the challenges of the pandemic. This strategic and prudent plan reflects Council’s commitment to keep Oakville in a strong financial position and ensure we remain the most livable and fiscally healthy community in Canada. I’d like to thank everyone for their input, dedication and hard work to help keep moving the town forward even in the adversity of the pandemic.”
- Mayor Rob Burton
“The 2022 Budget makes us ready for our future by continuing to maintain our strong financial position. The overall property tax increase is the lowest of our surrounding communities. It makes significant investments in our facilities, transportation systems and parks while continuing our strong reserves and low debt levels.”
- Councillor Tom Adams, Budget Committee Chair