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2018 Capital budget approved with a focus on infrastructure; operating budget to be discussed Jan. 18

Adapted from a City of Burlington press release – The 2018 capital budget was approved by council on Dec. 11 for $68.6 million, with a 10-year program of $688 million.

The 2018 Capital Budget is focused on delivering initiatives in the city’s Strategic Plan and meeting the city’s commitment to infrastructure renewal projects identified by Burlington’s Asset Management Plan.

Focus on Infrastructure Renewal

• 79% of the 2018 capital budget is focused on renewing Burlington’s aging infrastructure.
• The 2018 capital budget includes an additional $1.9 million to put towards infrastructure renewal in the form of a 1.25% levy, as outlined in the city’s Asset Management Plan.

Spending Details

In addition to the 78.6% of the capital budget focused on renewing aging infrastructure,
13.8 % is for growth-related projects like roadway widenings and 7.6% is for new or enhanced projects such a new skate park in Kilbride and park improvements at Sherwood Forest Park.

A breakdown of spending for the 2018 capital budget of $68.6 million includes:

  • $32 million, the largest component, for roadways
  • $11.5 million for facilities and buildings
  • $8.1 million for parks and open spaces
  • $7.1 million in storm water management
  • $6.1 million towards fleet vehicles and equipment
  • $1.8 million for information technology
  • $1.4 million for local boards (Burlington Public Library, Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Art Gallery of Burlington, Burlington Museums)
  • $630,000 in parking.

Twelve new capital initiatives, totaling $4.1 million, are part of the 2018 capital budget. Some of these are funded from reserves and have no tax impact. These projects include:

  1. A QEW prosperity corridor study to determine the development potential for employment lands around the QEW corridor ($1.35 million)
  2. A study to investigate active transportation facilities in rural Burlington ($150,000)
  3. Design for an active transportation crossing at the QEW ($250,000)
  4. A new skate park in Kilbride ($125,000)
  5. Park enhancements at Sherwood Forest Park ($475,000)
  6. Four new electric vehicle charging stations in downtown Burlington ($100,000)
  7. An alternate fire dispatch centre ($100,000)
  8. Funding to establish Itabashi garden to commemorate the 25-year twinning relationship with the city of Itabashi Japan. ($225,000)
  9. Construction of a new north/south multi-use pathway between Mainway Avenue and Upper Middle Road just east of Guelph Line ($200,000)
  10. Expansion of downtown parking lot 3 on John Street at Caroline Street ($500,000)
  11. A new information security framework ($100,000)
  12. The installation of video cameras on transit buses ($500,000)

The city’s current (operating) budget will be discussed at the Committee of the Whole – Budget Jan. 18. The current draft budget includes a 4.19% city tax increase. An additional increase of .24% is proposed by staff to hire five additional transit operators. More details of the current budget will be in a future post.

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