Town of Milton Invites Input on 2019 budget

Image credit: Sachem Report.com

The Town of Milton is inviting residents and business owners to share their thoughts on the 2019 Capital and Operating Budgets by participating in a “Let’s Talk Budget” survey from May 29 to June 15.

Working with Nanos Research, a leading researcher and pollster, the Town is providing two ways to participate in the survey process. Respondents can complete an online survey at www.milton.ca/budgetsurvey or participate in a phone survey by responding to calls from Nanos Research made to land lines and cell phones; their phone number will display as 416-493-1965. The phone component will be a statistically relevant, random telephone survey.

“We are looking to residents and business owners to provide their insights via the budget survey to help identify priorities for Town infrastructure, programs and services,” said Linda Leeds, the Town’s Deputy Chief Administrative Officer/Chief Financial Officer. “Community input is an essential part of the budget process to guide the development of the budget so it reflects the programs and services that are important to the community.”

Every year, the Town of Milton prepares Capital and Operating Budgets to set priorities to deliver programs, infrastructure projects and services to the community. The budget is developed according to the following steps:

  • May/June: Public input takes place via online and phone surveys
  • July: Budget guidelines are approved by Council
  • Summer and fall: Town staff develop the budget, including consideration of the survey results and Council-approved guidelines
  • December/January: Council deliberates and approves the budget

Municipal taxes are paid directly to the Town of Milton and are then distributed according to the following breakdown: Town of Milton – 35%; Halton Region – 41%; Boards of Education – 24%. Halton Region and the Boards of Education are responsible for developing their own budgets.

For more information on Town of Milton budgets, including an informational video about budgets, visit www.milton.ca/budgets.