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York Regional Council Highlights - December 15, 2016




York Region 2017 budget reflects fiscal discipline, greater police needs

York Regional Council approved a $3 billion budget for 2017, which includes $942 million to provide new infrastructure and $2.1 billion to support core Regional services.

The budget aligns with the 2015 to 2019 Strategic Plan and continues a commitment to a $6.1 billion 10-year capital plan.

The 2017 budget includes a tax levy increase of 2.87 per cent, which equates to $66 per household on average.

Highlights of the 2017 budget include:

  • Investing at record levels in roads during the current term of Council, with $168 million planned for 2017
  • Completion of the Spadina Subway Extension with expected operation to begin in late 2017
  • Hiring 43 additional staff for York Regional Police and 16 new staff for Paramedic Services to meet the needs of a growing population
  • Beginning construction of the new Regional Administrative Centre Annex, a facility which will bring together services in one convenient location and reduce costs.

The 2017 Operating Budget includes:

  • $564 million for Environmental Services
  • $504 million for Community and Health Services
  • $343 million for York Regional Police
  • $337 million for Transportation Services

The 2017 Capital Budget includes:

  • $168 million for expansion and maintenance of Regional roads
  • $310 million for York Region Rapid Transit Corporation for projects including Viva facilities and terminals and the Spadina Subway extension
  • $482 million for York Region Transit for projects such as the building of a transit garage, bus expansion and replacement
  • $106 million for wastewater infrastructure
  • $78 million for water infrastructure
  • $89 million for Property Services for projects such as the Annex as well as rehabilitation and repairs to Regional facilities
  • $51 million for Community and Health Services for projects such as affordable housing, expansion, rehabilitation and replacement of paramedic response stations

More information on the Regional budget is available at york.ca/budget, including operating and capital budget backgrounders and a 2017 budget infographic.


The Regional Municipality of York and CUPE Local 905 ratify four-year agreement

Details of the new agreement include an average annual wage increase of approximately 1.7 per cent over the term of the four-year contract. The agreement also includes operational and scheduling improvements to enhance service delivery effectiveness.

Services provided by CUPE Local 905 employees include: engineering for large infrastructure projects such as affordable housing and water and wastewater, maintenance for regional roads, paramedic services, public health, social services and administrative support.


Naomi Davison appointed to York Regional Council

Naomi Davison attended York Regional Council as the new Regional Councillor for the Town of Georgina. She will also serve as Member-at-large of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.

Regional Councillor Davison was appointed to York Regional Council by Georgina Council on November 23. She joins Mayor Margaret Quirk as the Town of Georgina’s two representatives on York Regional Council.


Work continues on Council and Committee video streaming

Council received an update on the introduction of Council and Committee meeting video streaming. Since Regional Council approved the initiative in September 2016, staff have conducted assessments and identified the need for improved lighting in the Council Chamber, as well proposed amendments to the Municipal Act allowing Council members to participate electronically in public meetings.

Council will receive the next update on the project, including costs in 2017. Audio streaming of Council and Committee meetings is currently available at www.york.ca


Rail Safety Improvement Program Transport Canada Funding

York Regional Council has endorsed a list of projects to submit for funding under the Transport Canada Rail Safety Improvement program.

Projects being submitted include crossing improvements to allow the stop of train whistles on the southern section of the Stouffville GO Train line, implementing safety assessment improvements and conducting safety assessments at rail crossings.


Council wishes Regional Clerk Denis Kelly well on his retirement

York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson acknowledged Regional Clerk Denis Kelly for his 17 years of service at The Regional Municipality of York. Denis began his tenure at York Region in 1999 and is set to retire at the end of this month.

A graduate of Queen’s University law school, Denis practiced law for six years at the City of North York before becoming Deputy Clerk in 1987. He became Clerk of North York in 1991 and remained until 1997. Denis spent two years at the Town of East Gwillimbury as Clerk-Administrator before joining York Region.


Next regular meeting of York Regional Council

York Regional Council will meet on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 9 a.m. in the York Region Administrative Centre Council Chambers, located at 17250 Yonge Street in the Town of Newmarket.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to almost 1.2 million residents, 50,000 businesses and 580,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices

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Compiled by:

Kim MacGillivray, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 77507 Cell: 905-251-6421
Email: kim.macgillivray@york.ca


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