NEWMARKET – York Region's Finance and Administration Committee yesterday recommended endorsement of the 2004 Regional Business Plan and Budget. Final approval of the $1.7 billion gross expenditure budget will be sought by York Regional Council on Thursday, March 25th, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
The 2004 budget has been re-worked considerably since the draft submission was first presented to Regional Council in January. The proposed 2004 Regional tax impact has been reduced from 8 per cent to 6.3 per cent – representing a savings of 1.7 per cent equivalent to $8.2 million.
"Politicians and staff have done tremendous work reviewing the 2004 budget, and creating significant savings for our taxpayers," said Bill Fisch, Regional Chair and CEO. "The budget process is a difficult exercise, but a worthwhile one, just the same."
The proposed tax levy impact can be separated in three categories:
• Directed controlled Regional programs – 0.9 per cent tax levy impact
• Indirectly controlled Special Purpose Bodies – 0.4 per cent tax levy impact
• York Regional Police – 5.0 per cent tax levy impact
Based on an average assessed residential property of $332,205, the proposed budget will result in an average household tax increase of $91 – or a savings of $25 since the January budget submission.
"The magnitude of the Regional budget, in tandem with initial budget estimates, has made this a lengthy and difficult process," said Town of Markham Mayor Don Cousens, Finance and Administration Committee Chair. "However, we have made great strides to get to today's recommendations."
With $9.2 million in Regional program savings previously identified, the 2004 budget for directly controlled Regional programs is $607 million. The following additional savings in directly controlled Regional programs have also been realized in the 2004 budget:
• $1.6 million in program adjustments
• $1.2 million in assessment growth adjustments
• $3 million in GST rebate savings
In indirectly controlled Special Purpose Bodies, the committee also previously approved the York Regional Police Services $145.7 million budget. This represents $2.7 million in budget reductions from the original York Regional Police submission to Finance and Administration Committee on February 5th.
A $23.8 million budget increase from last year, the police budget represents 5 per cent of the total Regional tax impact.
The remaining 0.4 per cent tax impact stems primarily from GTA Pooling, which has been adjusted by an additional $700,000, for a total of $79.5 million.
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