During the 2014 election campaign, the Mayor committed to keeping property taxes at or below the rate of inflation. He has delivered on that promise every year he has been in office.
He has also kept waste rates at or near the rate of inflation. And he has stuck with City Council’s plan to implement water rate increases dedicated to improving storm and wastewater infrastructure.
The Mayor also killed a proposal for a separate stormwater charge - the so-called roof tax - that would have increased water bills for many residents in the City.
Property tax increases have been maintained at or below the rate of inflation:
- 2015: 2.25% (below inflation)
- 2016: 1.3% (below inflation)
- 2017: 2.0%
- 2018: 2.1%
Waste rate increases have been maintained at or near the rate of inflation:
- 2015: 2.25%
- 2016: 3.0%
- 2017: 2.0%
- 2018: 2.0%
Water rate increases have been maintained according to Council’s 9 year plan to fund critical infrastructure:
- 2015: 8.0%
- 2016: 8.0%
- 2017: 5.0%
- 2018: 5.0%
In 2017, City staff reported back on an implementation plan to create a separate stormwater charge on residents’ water bills. This was intended to charge property owners proportionate to the amount of hard surface on their property, in order to fund the City’s stormwater infrastructure. While this proposal was intended to be net-neutral, further study revealed that it would very likely increase the tax burden on many homeowners. This was unacceptable to the Mayor, who moved the motion at his Executive Committee to kill this proposal.