Town of BWG Council delivers 2021 budget with 0% overall increase
Bradford West Gwillimbury, ON (January 27, 2021) – At the end of two days of deliberation, Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury Council achieved their goal of delivering a budget with a zero per cent property tax increase for the average valued home.
“Understanding the financial pressures that residents are facing this year due to the pandemic, we put aside some of the projects that we would have liked to do and focused on the things that we need to do to deliver the services residents depend on, and to invest wisely in our future,” says Mayor Rob Keffer. “A zero-increase budget is rarely achievable in a growing and modernizing community, but for 2021 it was the right choice to make.”
A key factor in delivering a budget with no increase is the fact that the County and education rates will not increase in 2021. Approximately 40 per cent of the tax dollars collected by the Town of BWG stay with the municipality, with another 30 per cent going to Simcoe County, 16 per cent to the province for schools and 13 per cent to South Simcoe Police Services.
Council identified a number of one-time savings, mainly related to activities that will not be taking place as a result of the pandemic, such as funds to hold events, mileage to attend training and conferences, and a freeze on new positions. This money will be used to reduce spending in 2021 to help replenish municipal reserves.
These savings will also allow the Town to undertake improvements across the municipality in areas such as parks maintenance, sidewalk repairs and intersection improvements. The budget provides new funding for traffic management initiatives including a speed hump pilot project and a speed camera program.
“On behalf of Council, I want to thank staff for their efforts to put together an extremely tight budget and working with us to find efficiencies to keep it at zero per cent,” said Mayor Keffer. “Their hard work before the budget comes to council makes our job a lot easier, and enabled us to bring forward a budget that is good news for our residents.”
The final 2021 budget will be approved by Council at a regular meeting in February.
Budget documents available here