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Committee sees 1.75% overall tax rise

Committee sees 1.75% overall tax rise 12 December 2017

Committee sees 1.75% overall tax rise

Traffic safety, gypsy moth program get big funding in Oakville budget

Additional funds for pedestrian safety and aerial spraying to combat gypsy moths were among the last-minute items approved by the 2018 Oakville Budget Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 12. 

The group completed its deliberations and recommended approval of a 1.75 per cent residential property tax increase. 

The recommendation would actually see a 2.58 per cent total increase to the Town of Oakville budget. 

However, the 2.58 per cent increase will be reduced to a 1.75 per cent overall hike, once the town’s increase is combined with a proposed 1.9 per cent increase in Halton Region taxes and an expected zero per cent hike in education rates.

Town meeting economic targets

Town meeting economic targets 26 May 2017

Town meeting economic targets

Oakville attracts new jobs, commercial development

Several companies opened their doors in Oakville in 2016, helping it exceed its target of adding 1,000 new jobs every year.

The Town of Oakville is also expected to surpass the goal next year once Aviva Canada, a property and casualty insurance group, consolidates its operations in January 2018 with a new office, expected to bring approximately 800 jobs to Oakville.

The findings were highlighted in an April 25 economic development report, presented to and approved by council on Monday, May 15.

Ontario tackles soaring housing with multi-part plan

Ontario tackles soaring housing with multi-part plan 20 April 2017

Ontario tackles soaring housing with multi-part plan

Mayor Burton says it's hard not to be happy when you get what you asked for

Kathleen Wynne’s government has put its foot down on Ontario’s overheated housing market, slapping a tax on foreign buyers and introducing rent controls as part of a wide-reaching package of changes that some of the province’s mayors warn could actually reduce available housing.

The plan is ambitious, with 16 measures that pledge to combat speculators, slash red tape, speed construction of new homes, levy taxes on vacant properties, change the way real estate agents operate, end questionable sales practices, catch tax cheats and standardize rental leases.

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