News from Caledon Parent Child Centre in Bolton….
CPCC Jewellery Showcase – Sun., Dec. 8, 1-4pm
It’s finally here! The Caledon-Parent Child Centre Jewellery Showcase will take place at the Albion Bolton Community Centre in Bolton on Sunday, December 8th from 1-4 pm.
Drop by to check out the dazzling display of jewellery and accessories and while you are here, visit our bake sale to pick up a treat for the family or that perfect hostess gift.
All Proceeds Will Support The Caledon Parent-Child Centre. For more info, visit: http://www.cp-cc.org/Jewellery_Showcase.php
On December 3rd the Town of Caledon Council approved the 2014 Budget.
For many residents, being too busy to follow the process, the perception may exist that once a year a group of politicians sit around a table and arbitrarily come up with a percentage by which property taxes will go up the following year.
In my first term as a Regional Councillor I have learned that nothing could be further from the truth. The Budget that was approved on the evening of December 3rd was the culmination of about 7 weeks of work that commenced on Oct 15th with Council’s first Budget Workshop. Well before that date Town staff were already investing time into the Budget process.
So here are some quick answers to Budget questions that may be on your mind:
I heard my property taxes are going up 4.98% next year, is that true?
The tax bill you receive from the Town of Caledon collects your Region of Peel, Town of Caledon, and School Board taxes, all combined. Of that total approximately 35% is Town, 33% is Region and 32% is School boards.The Town then remits the Region’s and School Boards’ portions on your behalf.
The approved increase on the Town of Caledon’s portion is 4.98%. The Region of Peel Budget will not be finalized until mid-December, and it is projected that the increase will be around 1.6%. The School Boards have been at zero increase for several years and this year, although it could be the last, appears to be the same. So what is your “blended” property tax increase likely to be? In my opinion, somewhere between 2.20% and 2.60%.
Why is the Town of Caledon’s increase usually higher than the Region of Peel?
Currently the Region of Peel has funds “uploaded” to it from the Province of Ontario. The effect of this is that it creates “room” for the Region’s service levels to be increased without corresponding impacts on the taxpayer, resulting in smaller tax increases on the Region’s portion of your tax bill.
If we assume a blended increase of 2.5% what does that add to my property taxes?
If the blended increase is 2.5% the impact on an average home in Caledon, assessed at $480,000, is $9.15 per month or $109.82 per year.
What are some of the reasons property taxes go up?
The first reality is that just to maintain services at the level they were at during the preceding year means increased costs. Add to that the fact that Caledon is growing. Our population has increased to approximately 64,000. When you add residential population you have to add services. Demands grow on our libraries, recreational facilities, fire and emergency services, OPP, roads and sidewalk maintenance, winter services, parks, trails and more. Worth noting, industrial/commercial growth requires less services and therefore has a higher net gain for the tax base, while reducing the tax load that has to be carried by residents – a double win. Lastly, while we are busy growing and adding new services and infrastructure, our existing infrastructure (roads, sidewalks, bridges, culverts, facility buildings, etc) are continuing to age and deteriorate.
How do my Municipal taxes compare to other taxes I pay?
According to the Fraser Institute 2012 Canadian Tax Simulator the average Canadian family’s tax breakdown is 11% Municipal, 34% Provincial, and 55% Federal.
Can I see all the details for Caledon’s Budget?
Definitely! A finalized and detailed Budget document for the fiscal year 2014 will be published shortly and will I will post a link at that time.
Where It’s at Productions is seeking volunteers to help with live streaming this Saturday’s Bolton Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade…….
The Bolton Christmas Parade is being live streamed this Saturday from 11:00am-12:30pm. 2 volunteers are needed to provide on-camera commentary for the duration (content is provided), and 2 volunteers are needed to hand out flyers to the public along the parade route. Hot drinks and food will be provided. If interested, please contact Donovan asap at firstname.lastname@example.org
ChrIstmas Craft Sale at the Toby Jug to benefit Caledon Community Services……
Caledon Christmas Craft and Gift Sale! Sunday December 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Great affordable gifts, home decor, baked goods, handmade products and more!
Mrs. Christmas will be in attendance so don’t forget to bring the kids for some free hugs!
Raffle draw with amazing prizes to be won from local businesses!
Featuring a grand prize of a 32″ flat screen t.v.!!
All proceeds going directly to Caledon Community Services.
*We are asking patrons and vendors to kindly donate non perishable food items as we are also hosting a food drive in support of the Caledon Santa Fund (our local food bank).
FREE Admission! Lots of parking.
The Toby Jug, 15 Allan Drive, Bolton
We hope to see everyone there to support our local businesses and get some of your Christmas shopping done!
An important message from Caledon Community Services about this year’s Santa Fund……
Anna* is a single mom with four children. As tough as it is already to provide for her family, one of her children has just recently been diagnosed with cancer.
Not only is she afraid she may not be able to provide a Christmas for her children and make ends meet in the New Year…now the medical bills and stress of her child’s health has made it understandably overwhelming.
*Names have been changes for confidentiality*
YOU can make the warmth of the holidays last all year for a local family, a family like Anna’s…
By sponsoring a family for $250, or an individual child for $50, YOU are providing our neighbours with two great things:
1. Gifts and necessities to create a happy Christmas this year.
2. Year-round counselling and support to a local family, taking them from a place of need to a place of HOPE.
Donate online, visit our new Santa Fund Workshop located at The Exchange located at 55 Healey Road in Bolton
or contact Nicole Dumanski at 905-584-2300 ext 236 or email@example.com
Please Donate Today!
Nominate a volunteer – “There are angels among us”
The Town of Caledon is pleased to announce that nominations are currently being accepted for the “2014 Caledon Volunteer & Citizen Achievement Awards”.
If you know a volunteer who has represented their organization and the Caledon community in an extraordinary manner, recognize their dedication with an award nomination. Organizations may wish to consider nominating small groups (i.e. committees within an organization), or individuals who have contributed a significant number of years.
All nominations are reviewed by a selection committee, and selections will be based on Council-approved criteria. Individuals who are selected to receive awards will be officially notified, along with their nominator, and will be invited to attend the awards celebration. The “2014 Volunteer & Citizen Achievement Awards” will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014 at the Caledon Community Complex.
Nomination forms and details of the award criteria may be obtained from the Town of Caledon website at http://www.caledon.ca/recreation or at your local recreation centre. For more information please contact 905.584.9254.
Nominations are due by 4:30p.m. on February 1, 2014.
As the new Bolton water feedermain and water tower project progresses through town the construction work is becoming much more evident. This is drawing more questions so I thought an update would help folks understand what is going on in the downtown core.
What’s happened so far?
The initial phases of this large Region of Peel project are completed and by now most of you will have taken note of the visible improvements that followed as the watermain was constructed along Queen St from Columbia Way down into the core. A new sidewalk now extends from Columbia Way to Bolton Heights along the east side and from Cross Country to Hickman Street on the west. Dozens of trees have been planted and streetlights now light the way.
A separate pedestrian bridge, built parallel to the Queen Street bridge as it spans the Humber River, does double duty as it both disguises the watermain and offers a safer pedestrian crossing away from the vehicular bridge.
On the northeast corner of the Municipal lot, just south of the River, a partnership of the Region, the Town, the Albion Bolton Historical Society, the TRCA, the Ontario Trillium Fund and the Bolton Community Action Site group, brought a long-time dream to life with the creation of the Humber River Heritage Park.
What’s that big equipment in theMunicipal lot all about?
The final phases of the feedermain project are now underway. This involves micro-tunneling from the Municipal lot along Ann St to King and then from Ann St along King over to Deer Valley Drive. Four shafts will be utilized to accomplish this. One of the shafts is located in the municipal lot; this compound is where you currently see large equipment, with more to soon arrive.
What about parking while the compound is in place?
The compound temporarily puts a number of parking spots out of use. To rectify this the Town has entered into an agreement with the owner of 50 Ann Street (the building that used to house the Legion) to use that parking lot as public parking for the duration of the project. Weather permitting you’ll see the Region paving and lining that parking lot this week. As well the Region has relined the existing Municipal lot to ensure people can make the best possible use of the available space.
What will this look like when it is done?
I think you’ll love our new look when it is done! When the feedemain project is finished the Municipal lot will receive a facelift even that includes charging stations for electric cars. Partnering with the Town, Stern Street and Ann Street will be reconstructed along with new sidewalks and streetscaping. A mural of what the area will look like will be posted on the walls that surround the compound during the next couple of weeks. All works in the valley are estimated to be complete by next summer.
The water tower, which you can see partially constructed on the west side of Coleraine Drive, is scheduled to be finished in 2014.