Durham Regional Council is approving the 2022 Property Tax Supported Business Plans and Budget.
It contains a total of $1.73-billion in gross expenditures, requiring a 2022 tax levy of $760.2-million.
This represents a proposed net property tax increase of 2.6 per cent, or approximately $74 for the average residential home with an assessed value of $483,100.
Some highlights from the plan include:
- Twenty new front-line officers and three new mental health response officers for Durham police
- Nine additional communicators and one supervisor for 911 and police dispatch
- The creation of a Durham police Cybercrime Unit
- Investing in the Region’s four long-term care homes including increasing the nursing and personal care hours
- Doubling the size of the Region’s Primary Care Outreach Program to provide social work outreach and paramedic services to vulnerable populations
- Increasing Paramedic Services with one additional 24/7 ambulance to address the growing demand for services in the Seaton community when the station is open, as well as increasing existing paramedic services by four hours per day.
- Enhancing the Community Paramedicine Program to provide additional supports and services to those living in the community who require additional home care supports.
- Investing $1.3 million in Regional funding for homelessness supports.
- Supporting local businesses through a refreshed Economic Development Strategy and Action Plan.
- Strengthening diversity, equity and inclusion across the Region including the implementation of the Region’s Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan.
- Advancing the Region’s Corporate Climate Change Action Plan and achievement of the Region’s target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, including the installation of 63 new electrical vehicle chargers, charging infrastructure for Durham Region Transit’s (DRT) first battery electric buses and retrofitting Regional facilities to improve energy efficiency and accessibility.
- Implementing and finalizing the consultation process for the new Long-Term Waste Management Plan.
- Advancing the myDurham311 project by enhancing the customer journey, while creating a consistent, convenient and customized experience.
- Enhancing government advocacy to benefit residents of Durham.
- Continuing to plan for the approval of the GO Lakeshore East Extension to Bowmanville and related Transit Oriented Development Strategy.
- Improving access to DRT’s fast, frequent and reliable service network.
- Developing and expanding the Region’s Broadband Network and establishing partnerships to enable the delivery of broadband services in unserved and underserved communities across the Region.
- Advancing recommendations within the Regional Cycling Plan Update including over 12 kilometres of new cycling routes; a signage and wayfinding strategy; assisting with school safety plans; and working with partners to facilitate a Durham cycling event.
- Investing in the renewal and maintenance of the Region’s infrastructure valued at $15.9 billion including roads, bridges, facilities, and Durham Regional Local Housing properties to maximize the value of the Region’s assets over their life cycle.
- Increasing the dedicated levy to support future healthcare investments in the Region including the Lakeridge Health Bowmanville site redevelopment, the redevelopment of the Oak Valley Health Uxbridge site and the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences redevelopment in Whitby.