Whitby Town Council Approves 2020 Budget

Posted on Tuesday February 25, 2020

Investing in our community today and for the future

Last night, at a Special Council meeting, Whitby Town Council approved the Town’s proposed 2020 Budget, concluding the 2020 budget process. The approved budget will result in a 1.73 per cent increase on the total residential bill for Town services or $7.71 per month per household*. The 2020 Budget focuses on delivering the services residents rely on every day, while also preparing the community for future growth.

The approved budget is available online at whitby.ca/budget. For comments or questions about the budget, contact the Corporate Services Department at treasury@whitby.ca or by phone at 905.430.4300 x2232.

QUOTES

“Staff have worked hard to bring forward a budget tonight that is fiscally responsible and ensures it meets the needs of our residents. Council took a very hard look to ensure that we are making smart investments in the necessary resources, while also making sure to deliver the services, infrastructure and facilities residents need and want, and to support our growing community in the future.”

-       Steve Lee, Councillor and Budget Chair, Town of Whitby

“There was a strong debate about ways to reduce the property tax impact while maintaining existing levels of service and that outcome was achieved. I want to thank the members of council who made the hard, but necessary, decision to do that.”

-       Don Mitchell, Mayor, Town of Whitby

 

QUICK FACTS 

  • Over the next 12 years, Whitby’s population is expected to grow by more than 40 per cent.
  • Only 9 per cent of all taxes the average household pays are property taxes and only 3 per cent of the taxes you pay go to the Town of Whitby.
  • The Town’s portion of the total property tax bill is 34 per cent. The Town is responsible for collecting property taxes on behalf of the Region of Durham and the School Boards.
  • Roads, recreation and parks represent the highest capital investments in the proposed 2020 budget.
  • More than 80 per cent of participants in the Town’s 2018 Community Survey reported that they felt they are getting “good” or “very good” value for their tax dollars. The next survey will be in the spring of 2020.

 

* Based on the 2019 average assessment value of $470,000 as identified by MPAC Property Notice Assessment