Have Your Say on the 2019 Budget

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The 2019 Budget Has Been Approved

Thank you for your participation in the 2019 Budget process.

In February 2019, Mississauga City Council approved the 2019 Business Plan and Budget.

View the 2019 Business Plan and Budget or visit mississauga.ca/budget to learn more.

The 2019 Budget Has Been Approved

Thank you for your participation in the 2019 Budget process.

In February 2019, Mississauga City Council approved the 2019 Business Plan and Budget.

View the 2019 Business Plan and Budget or visit mississauga.ca/budget to learn more.

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  • Why can't we look at the cost of road maintenace? I believe, due mainly to poor or sometimes none-existent Quality Control mechanism in place, sub-standard material is used that does'nt stand the severity of Canadian winter. Check other countries roads, such as China, to understand what I mean. The frequency of asphalt roads' maintenace in china is much lower than ours in spite of more frequent use dictated by population volume.

    Ahmed Hamud asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for expressing interest in how the City manages its road assets. Managing the City’s road network is not a small task. At an estimated replacement value of over $4.4 billion, our road and bridge infrastructure is the largest asset owned and operated by the City. With over 5660 lane kilometres of roads to maintain annually our 2019 proposed repair budget for roads and sidewalk alone is expected to be $9.5 million or $1687 per lane km. We think that represents pretty good value as we strive to maintain our road network in good condition. In addition to ongoing repairs of our roads, we are also planning to spend $33 million to renew 47 kilometres (81 streets) of our road assets this year. Our overall goal is to provide the right level of service at an acceptable cost to the tax payer.

    To keep costs in check, staff are asked annually to demonstrate value for tax funds and find efficiencies and cost savings to achieve a 1% reduction compared to the previous year’s budget. This mandate has been in place for over 10 years and is accomplished through detailed financial review of our operations and maintenance programs and through Lean process improvement initiatives. The 2019 Roads Business Plan and Budget provides further details on the various cost containment initiatives achieved by the Roads Service Area.
    In addition, Mississauga’s road management practices include the deployment of a variety of strategies:

    • We routinely patrol our road network in accordance with Provincial Minimum Maintenance Standards to identify, prioritize and address urgent repair needs; 
    • To monitor and plan for pavement renewal, we collect pavement condition information every 4-5 years and model the pavement’s deterioration in order to predict the optimal time for pavement renewal;
    • We prepare and update long-term rehabilitation and financial forecast needs annually through the City’s Business Plan and Budget Process;
    • Once the Business Plan and Budget is approved by Council, we work with our internal partners and external utility agencies to coordinate project delivery activities to ensure we minimize service disruption for residents, schools and businesses;
    • During the coordination process we often identify opportunities to partner with our stakeholders to deliver the services and associated infrastructure within the road allowance;
    • During construction, our project engineers use current provincial standards, pavement designs and quality assurance practices to ensure works are completed to the City’s satisfaction;
    • Many of our road rehabilitation projects include the use of in-place recycling methods to minimize pavement waste;
    • Completed projects are tracked in the City’s pavement management system so we can monitor the pavement performance over time; and
    • We routinely keep City Council informed about the state of our road pavement assets so that they can make informed decisions with respect to capital and operating expenditures.

    Thank you for your question.

  • Are you planing to increase( instead of decreasing every year) budget for Community Centers, especially for children activities on the weekends, as well as for the mental heath programs, in order to prevent violence and crimes mostly against women? Just increasing number of police officers would not be enough.

    Branka asked about 1 year ago

    The City is not decreasing budget for children’s programs at community centres; programming continues to grow and the 2019 budget includes the City’s investment in a new community centre in the Churchill Meadows area.  Mental health programs and support are offered within the City of Mississauga through many community agencies and organizations, including neighbourhood services organizations, youth centres and Trillium Hospital System.  Most of these programs are funded by the province of Ontario and the Region of Peel, and would be part of the budget at those levels of government.  Information on available programs can be found at this link:  https://www.peelregion.ca/housing/pdf/cmha-peel.pdf

  • Under Road Intersection improvement program, Citywide intersection were repaired. At each crossroad, new Metal plateform were installed but all of them got rusted now and looks very ugly. I want to know who was responsible for that and is their any plan to replace them better material.

    Singh asked about 1 year ago

    As of January 1, 2016 the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) requires newly constructed or reconstructed sidewalk ramps to have tactile walking surface indicators (TWSI) installed. The City is complying with this requirement where new sidewalks are being constructed or replaced.

    The indicators that are installed in the City of Mississauga are made of cast iron. Initially, cast iron will develop a rusty red colour which may stain the sidewalk in the first year following installation. The stain will eventually disappear and the cast iron will develop a natural patina, which provides an even greater tonal contrast with the sidewalk.

    The City of Mississauga undertook its own studies prior to installing tactile walking surface indicators to meet the AODA standards. The City found bare, uncoated cast iron plates superior as a result of their durability, safety and slip resistance. Additionally, cast iron tactile walking surface indicators most closely meet the CSA and Ontario Ministry of Transportation standards.

    The City of Mississauga’s decision to employ the use of bare, uncoated cast iron tactile walking surface indicators also aligns with the best practices of many municipalities in Ontario. In 2017, Staff performed a municipal scan of 16 municipal jurisdictions, including: Brampton, Burlington, Halton Region, Kitchener, London, Niagara Falls, Niagara Region, Oakville, Oshawa, Ottawa, Peel Region, Sarnia, St. Catharines, Toronto, Windsor and York Region. Of the 16 jurisdictions benchmarked, 11 of them, use uncoated, bare cast iron for tactile walking surface indicators.

    Finally, it is our understanding at the City of Mississauga that the use of cast iron tactile walking surface indicators provides no serious health or environmental concerns for the City of Mississauga. In particular, the City of Mississauga is not aware of any other municipality in Canada reporting negative environmental or health effects associated with tactile walking surface indicators — although cast iron initially develops a rusty red colour which may stain the sidewalk in the first year following installation, the cast iron will eventually develop a natural patina which not only provides an even greater tonal contrast with the sidewalk but is also safe for the environment and for all pedestrians who use the sidewalk. 

  • Why are we allocating 23% to more transit . I am aware some routes may need more buses in peak times . Why don't we install a proper passenger counter so we can logistically use what we have where we need them and when rather than invest in more . I live on the Collegeway near Mississuaga road close U of T Erindale and all I see are empty buses with no people or 1 or two. Also I see the same scenario on major roads during rush hours. I do think spending money on a proper logistic network would be better use of tax payers money than spending more .

    bruno Monti asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for submitting your question regarding the MiWay budget and service hours. We are pleased to provide you with the following clarification.

    When developing the Transit Business Plan, our transit service planners and management team review ridership levels and demands on routes, and propose increased service to ensure service reliability and to prevent overcrowding during peak periods. The 2019 budget reflects increased service requirements to manage ongoing construction projects across the city, increase service hours on existing routes, strengthen our major corridors on Saturdays and Sundays to meet ridership demands and to prepare the network for the Hurontario Light Rail Transit.

    The numbers you refer to reflect the already approved 2018 budget. In 2019 MiWay has requested a total number of service hours of 31,000, plus 9,800 for Hurontario Light Rail Transit Construction Service Management. This increase is service level, plus other transit requests, is 22 per cent of the City’s total expenditures for the 2019 budget.  The costs of operating the MiWay transit service is a balance between property taxes and customer fares.  In 2019 customers will cover 46 per cent of the Operational cost and the remaining 54 per cent is covered through the property taxes.  So customers will pay for 46 per cent of the 23 per cent increase.

  • Please renew the community TV show so that we can see debating of councilor and city hall activities. We don't know who were contesting for City councilor's job in the last election and who is our councilor. Thanks

    Sapan Banerjee asked about 1 year ago

    While Rogers TV ended its community programming in the fall of 2017, the City of Mississauga’s website does provide live streaming of all Council meetings and selected committee meetings. During the recent Municipal Election, we also created a dedicated web page that featured information on all the candidates along with full up-to-the-minute election coverage.

    The City’s website also includes a Mayor and Council page that lists the Councillors for each ward and links to the Councillors’ individual websites.

  • What are doing to increase the affordable housing in the city? The rent are increasing every month and why should people pay almost $1800 CAD for low quality and small size 1 bedroom unit?

    ruchita asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question about affordable housing. The City’s housing strategy Making Room for the Middle identifies rental housing as a priority. It includes actions designed to help preserve existing rental housing and encourage new builds. For example, in June 2018 a new Rental Housing Protection By-law that controls the conversion and demolition of existing rental units was approved. The strategy also promotes creating more second units, inclusionary zoning which would require that some units in new buildings be set aside as affordable and partnerships with other levels of government to support new housing development. While the City cannot control market rents, it is using the tools at its disposal to address housing affordability issues.

  • Why is that in the area of Churchill meadows going to be another community center there is one on Thomas st and now there is going to be one at the corner of Thomas st and ninth line where in the area of ninth line and derry rd the closes community center is Meadowvale area when there is alot of kids in that area

    Filomena asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question regarding the new community centre being constructed in Churchill Meadows. The other centre you reference on Thomas Street is the current Churchill Meadows Activity Centre, which is not a full community centre, but consists of two program rooms and shared space with St. Joan of Arc school as well as the library. The new community centre will expand the programming for youth, adult and older adults, with a swimming pool, therapy pool, large gymnasium and additional multi-purpose spaces. It will be adjacent to sports fields, one of which will be have a seasonal air-supported structure for indoor soccer and other turf sports. This new location will expand our services to meet the needs of the growing community, which includes many families as well as seniors. The current Activity Centre will offer meeting space, library programs, and will not duplicate the services being offered at the new community centre. For more information on the community centre project, please visit our project website.

  • Why is mississauga not increasing the Transit capacity for peak times. the 502 route of Brampton Transit is more comfortable to take than the Mississauga one? Why can't you add more capacity to the existing bus and decrease the waiting time from 15 min to 10 min for most other feeder routes?

    ruchita asked over 1 year ago

    Currently along the Hurontario corridor, MiWay’s Route 103 – Hurontario Express provides a consistent frequency of approximately 9 – 11 minutes throughout the day. Service levels on Route 103 are consistent with that of Brampton’s Zum Route 502 especially during the peak periods. Although both routes service the Hurontario corridor, the destinations/terminals each route connect to differ and therefore the overall passenger activity along each route is quite different.

    Capacity along any route is aligned with ridership demand in order to ensure the efficient use of resources while being respectful of taxpayers' dollars. Therefore, service along express routes is designed to be more frequent due to their high ridership demand, whereas frequencies on local routes tend to be slightly wider to account for their lower ridership levels. Frequency improvements (and consequently additional capacity) are typically based on both passenger demand and the availability of buses and operators. During the peak periods, all our resources (whether operators or buses) are utilized and maximized to the fullest in order to provide the existing service levels that customers have available to them. As resources become available frequency improvements go to where the existing ridership demands are growing and/or where incidents of overcrowding are occurring.

    Service Development staff continually monitor ridership levels on all routes throughout the system via annual ridership counts. This ridership data is analyzed and improvements are then determined to increase frequency and streamline services for faster travel.

    MiWay is committed to increasing service levels throughout our system and providing additional capacity but current resource levels only permit the system wide frequency levels to be achieved over time as additional buses are purchased and operators are hired.  As you can appreciate, there are many needs throughout our system and we must balance the available resources with competing demands for increased service. As demand changes, MiWay will continue to respond to changes in customer travel patterns with an emphasis on strengthening our network with higher frequencies that improve service and reduce connection times.

  • Why can’t we find different ways to raise more revenue?

    over 1 year ago

    Only sixty per cent of all services and programs we deliver are funded by the property tax. We receive revenues from other sources, such as user fees, developer contributions and gas tax.

    The Ontario Municipal Act limits how the City can generate new non-tax revenue. The City of Mississauga and other Ontario municipalities have asked for changes to the Act to give local governments more revenue-generating options. As a result of recent changes to provincial legislation, Mississauga City Council approved the implementation of a four per cent Municipal Accommodation Tax effective April 1, 2018.

  • Why isn’t the City finding efficiencies?

    over 1 year ago

    We challenge ourselves to find efficiencies each year. The City has saved more than $52 million since 2009 by innovating and improving processes. Through our commitment to continuous improvement, we have adopted Lean and other tools to improve the way the City works.

    For example, by making changes such as making our Active Guide an online tool, eliminating MiWay paper passes and switching to LED street lighting, the City is finding efficiencies and new ways to save money.