Brockton Council Approves 2024 Tax Supported Municipal Operating and Capital Budget

Brockton Council Approves 2024 Tax Supported Municipal Operating and Capital Budget

After three special meetings, the Council of the Municipality of Brockton approved the 2024 Municipal Budget on February 20, 2024 with a tax rate increase of 6.41%.  The goal of the 2024 Municipal Budget was to remain lean while continuing to provide quality services to residents. In order to achieve this goal, a modest increase in the tax rate was recommended in order to support the economic challenges we face today while allowing our community to grow effectively.

There are various factors that put pressure on the Municipality to maintain its current levels of service with minimal financial pressure, including legislative changes, community growth, increased infrastructure needs, high demand for recreational programs, and child care services and higher construction and maintenance costs.

The Municipality continues to think strategically towards future infrastructure needs, reviewing Building Condition Assessments for all municipal facilities which show significant facility and system investment requirements over the next five (5) years. As we plan for the future a Master Servicing Plan and Development Charges Study are currently underway, and a Fleet Management Plan has been initiated which will assist with analyzing future needs as assets reach their lifespan and our community continues to grow.

The 2024 Municipal Budget includes upgrades to existing facilities and services, future planning, key infrastructure projects and other projects such as:

  • Website redesign of a new appearance and improvements to the sitemap and overall functionality – $30,000
  • Graders for Operations Department - $540,000
  • Replacement of Structure 18 on Concession 8 Brant Township - $1,000,000
  • New streetlights in Catherine Street, Walkerton Municipal parking lot - $20,000
  • New planters for downtown Walkerton - $10,000
  • New garbage and recycling bins to be used in Walkerton parks - $30,000
  • Diving board for Centennial Park Pool - $36,000
  • Refrigeration compressors at the Walkerton Community Centre - $180,000
  • Official Plan and Zoning By-Law Review $80,000
  • Phase 3 of East Ridge Business Park facilitating the development of 16 acres of land - $1,900,000
  • Yearly investment in the Reserve Fund for a Municipal Complex

The total levy for 2024 is $12,531,038 which will mean the average household assessment can expect to see a $179.08 yearly increase or $14.92 monthly.

Brockton Council and Staff are committed to continuing to invest in our community’s long-term vision and look forward to implementing these projects to improve our existing facilities and services while planning ahead for our future.