Police and TTC are the top expenditures in municipal budget.

2018 municipal budget to be debated

On February 12 and 13 Toronto City Council will debate and finalize the 2018 City Budget. This is the annual process where city staff put forward a preliminary budget that City Council, along with input from residents and businesses, use to make decisions about the city’s services and programs such as; garbage collection, road maintenance, police, fire and paramedics, parks and recreation, libraries and transit. These are just some of the many municipal services the city provides to us on a daily basis. In the 2018 preliminary tax-supported operating budget, the total proposed cost to deliver these services to residents is $ 10.97 billion. Approximately 32 percent of the funds for operating budget come from property taxes. The remainder is supported by provincial grants and subsidies, as well as user fees. The 2018 budget proposes an overall tax increase of 1.47 percent after assessment growth with a below inflation residential property tax increase of 2.1 percent. For further information on the 2018 City Budget process please visit; toronto.ca/budget 2018

Ward 44 Transportation Infrastructure Improvements

The following projects are scheduled to proceed in Spring 2018 and include the replacement of old asphalt surface with new asphalt surface, and repairs of any damaged sidewalks and curbs.
Kingston Rd (2A) – Lawson Road to Morningside Lawrence Avenue –
Meadowvale Road to Bennett Road

Improvements include pedestrian infrastructure, including the implementation of accessible pedestrian signals where warranted and new tactile walking surfaces at intersections. Work may include the closure of individual lanes or the entire road.

For information on these and other Ward 44 Transportation projects planned in 2018, please visit the City of Toronto webpage at: https://map.toronto.ca/toinview/

Winter in Rouge National Urban Park

If you are looking for something exciting to do this Family Day long weekend, bring the family out to the annual ‘WinterRouge’ in the Rouge National Urban Park. It’s a great reason to get outside this winter to enjoy enjoy this natural and beautiful part of our community. This year the ‘WinterRouge’ theme is the Olympic Winter Games and will include a full day of winter activities and sports, including ice hockey and curling. You can also enjoy one of the park’s signature activities like winter birding and nature walking. This free outdoor event will take place on Sunday, February 18 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. at the ‘Zoo Road Welcome Area’ (1749 Meadowvale Rd, Scarborough). For further details on this and other upcoming Rouge Park events, visit: www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/rouge