• Have Your Say on Spending the City Budget

    Mississauga’s online budget allocator for the 2017 Budget is now available at mississauga.ca/budget.

     

    The online budget allocator lets residents choose their preferred spending option on selected City services.

     

    From roads and recreation programs to fire and emergency services, City services impact people’s lives every day. Decisions about City services drive the budget. Residents can use the allocator to test different spending options and then choose one for each service area.

     

    Results received from the allocator by November 4 will be shared with Budget Committee on November 28. The results will help inform the committee’s review of the 2017 proposed Business Plan and Budget.

     

    “The budget allocator is a great way for residents to learn more about City services and their cost, and tell us about their priorities,” says Jeff Jackson, Director of Finance and Treasurer. “It is an opportunity to share their priorities in a way that gets people involved in their City’s business planning and budgeting process.”

     

    The service areas for the budget allocator for the 2017 Budget have been expanded from 10 to 12.

     

    Budget Allocator Background

    • The City of Mississauga introduced an online budget allocator tool in 2014 to
      • raise awareness of the budget process;
      • get residents thinking about the potential impacts of spending choices; and
      • provide a way for residents to voice their opinions about the City’s plans and budget.
    • The original allocator tool featured eight service areas, with three spending options for each service area. The updated version features 12 service areas, each with five spending options.
    • About 2,000 people used the online budget allocator to express their preferences during 2016 budget preparation: results were shared with the Budget Committee on November 23, 2015.

     

    Learn About the Budget

    • Details about the City budget and the budgeting process are available online at mississauga.ca/budget.
    • An overview of the 2017 Proposed Business Plan & Budget was presented to Budget Committee June 15, 2016
    • The full 2017 Proposed Business Plan & Budget will be posted online November 14. Budget Committee deliberations are scheduled for November 28 to December 12, with a Council vote planned for December 14, 2016.

     

    Get Involved in Planning and Budgeting

  • Ward 2 Food Drive Drop-Off Event

    I will be hosting a food drop-off drive at the Lushes Fire Hall, 2035 Lushes Ave., on Saturday, October 8th, 10-11 am. Please come by, drop off a bag of much needed food and say hi!

     

    Items most needed are canned fruit, dried pasta and pasta sauce, canned vegetables, peanut butter and canned meat.

  • ‘Please Slow Down’ Lawn Signs and Other Road Safety Intiatives

    The City of Mississauga is encouraging drivers to slow down on streets to ensure safety of residents in the community through a number of public education safety campaigns.

     

    I am distributing ‘Please Slow Down’ lawn signs to promote safe driving habits and to lower vehicle operating speeds on our neighbourhood streets. These signs can be obtained at no cost by contacting my office at 905-896-5200 or email karen.ras@mississauga.ca.

     

    “We develop and support programs that educate residents and all road users to keep their communities safe,” said Geoff Wright, Commissioner of Transportation and Works. “The lawn signs, among other initiatives, aim to encourage all road users to be responsible and obey traffic rules so we can travel safely in and around the City. The safety of all road users is a priority for the City of Mississauga.”

     

    The City is working with the Share the Road Cycling Coalition to encourage cyclists to follow the recently amended Highway Traffic Act. The new Act states that when passing, motorists must leave at least one metre of space between their car and a person riding a bicycle. This ensures safety of the motorist as well as the cyclist.

     

    In addition, the City is working with Transport Canada and railway authorities to ensure resident safety around railway crossings in Mississauga.

     

  • Mayor’s Citywide Food Drive Challenge

    Mayor Crombie is pleased to once again launch the 2016 Mayor’s Citywide Food Drive Challenge as a part of The Mississauga Food Bank’s Annual Thanksgiving Campaign in partnership with the City’s Fire and Emergency Services team. Starting on Monday, September 19, goals are to raise 200,000 lbs of food and $100,000 by October 14. Last year  148,900 lbs of food were donated and $82,917 so we have our work cut out for us this Thanksgiving season!

     

    For the 15% of Mississauga residents who live in poverty, providing adequate nutritious food for their families is a daily struggle. The Mississauga Food Bank exists to ease this struggle for hungry neighbours while they work out the issues in their lives that caused the need for a food bank. Their vision is a Mississauga where no one goes hungry.

     

    Ways for you to participate in this campaign:

     

    • Participate in the challenge by inviting constituents to raise food and funds for The Mississauga Food Bank. You can do this by promoting the campaign through your communication channels – social media, newsletters, website, etc. A campaign toolkit for this purpose is attached for your review and consideration;
    • Join the #OneBagChallenge:
      • Fill a bag with nutritious non-perishable food
      • Take a photo or video as you deliver your donation to your local grocery store, fire station or The Mississauga Food Bank
      • Post your photo or video on social media and challenge five people to do the same within 48 hours. Make sure to use the hashtag #OneBagChallenge!

     

    • Join Mayor Crombie at the Family Thanksgiving Celebration on Saturday, October 8 at Fire and Emergency Services HQ on Fairview Rd, taking place from 11 AM to 4 PM. Families can bring their donations and enjoy free fun activities provided by campaign sponsors.