Budget 2024

Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury Council passed the 2024 budget during their January 16th meeting, reflecting a 4.24% total increase  paid via annual property taxes.

Please Note: Increases are not reflected on the interim tax bill issued on February 1 but will be reflected on the final tax bill issued on June 3, 2024.

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Where do your tax dollars go?

Pie chart illustrating the distribution of 2024 property tax dollars - 28.8% to the County of Simcoe; 14.7% to education (province); 13.7% to SSPS; 29.1% to the Town of BWG; 2.5% to the BWG Public Library; and 10.2% to the BWG Special Capital Levy

For every $100 in taxes allocated to the Town (including Library)...
$24.57

Goes to Transportation for maintenance of all Town infrastructure including road repairs, storm and sanitary sewers, transit, and traffic signals.

$17.44

Goes to Fire and Emergency Services which responds to fires, accidents, and other  emergencies; and provides prevention education programs.

$22.67

Goes to Leisure Services, Facilities and Parks to care for Town buildings; trails, parks, and playgrounds; and provide recreational programming and events.

$35.32

Goes to everything else including:

  • BWG Public Library,
  • Planning and engineering,
  • By-law enforcement,
  • Administration, and
  • Economic development.

Investing in the community

The 2024 budget includes several investments towards Council’s strategic priorities:

Community Safety and Traffic Congestion

  • Town-wide traffic mitigation initiatives and intersection and lighting upgrades along portions of Holland Street.
  • Additional firefighters as well as the design and construction of a new Fire Hall west of Hwy 400.

Infrastructure and Major Access Roads

  • Completion of South West Arterial Roads (SWAR) project.
  • Rehabilitation of Line 8 (Barrie Street to Sideroad 10), including traffic signals at the Line 8/Professor Day intersection.
  • Town-wide road and bridge rehab projects.
  • Expansion to wastewater facility.
Economic Development
  • New gateway signage along Hwy 400.
  • A new Business Catalyst Centre which will provide services as well as physical office and meeting spaces for small businesses, start-ups, and local entrepreneurs.
Downtown and Urban Renewal
  • Phase 1 redevelopment of 125 Simcoe Road including the design of the new Town Hall.
  • Rehabilitation of Fred Cook Drive, Luxury Avenue, and Kulpin Avenue.
Enhanced Recreation and Leisure Services/Facilities
  • Program funding for new Youth Centre at Lions Park.
  • Completion of 177 Church Street community hub project.
  • Enhancements to parks maintenance and summer camp programs.
  • New fitness equipment at Leisure Centre.
  • Upgrades at Luxury Park, Legion Park, and Brookfield Parkette.
  • New outdoor public gathering space at the Library West Lawn.

Budget Process and Timeline

Spring 2023: Council Priorities

Strategic meeting of Town Council to set the Strategic Priorities for their Term of Office.

May: Budget Schedule

Council confirms the timelines for the preparation of the next Municipal Budget.

June to September: Budget Preparation

Town staff work with their Managers to review Strategic Plans, Asset Management Plans, and legislative changes to prepare their operating and capital budgets along with suggested user fee changes that reflect estimated increases for wages, utilities, and other budgetary items.

October to November: Budget Review

Departmental Budget submissions are reviewed by Finance and then presented by the Department to the Town’s CAO and Finance Staff.

November: Draft Budget Document Preparation

Performed by the Finance Department, the Town’s DRAFT budget document is assembled and released to Council for review.

December: Informal Council Budget Session

Council is invited to attend an evening session to pose budget-related questions to the various Town Departments.

December/January: Public Budget Engagement

The DRAFT Budget is available for members of the Public to Review and comment.

January: Formal Budget Presentations and Deliberations

A Special Meeting of Council is held on January 9 and 10 to formally receive and deliberate the next Municipal Budget followed by Final Budget and Business Plan Approval at a later date.

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Property Taxes
Property taxes and other funding sources (program fees, memberships, rentals, etc.) make up the Town's revenue sources.
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Budget Highlights
View, download, or print the 2024 Budget Highlights flyer, which outlines how your tax dollars are being invested throughout BWG.
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Strategic Priorities

Council developed five Strategic Priorities and endorsed an Implementation Work Plan for their 2022 - 2026 term.

Address: Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury, 100 Dissette St., Unit 7&8, Bradford, ON, L3Z 2A7

Phone: 905-775-5366,

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