On behalf of Regional Council and employees, I would like to wish all the residents of Halton Region a Merry Christmas and the very best this coming holiday season.
Halton Region’s administration offices will be closed for the holidays from Monday, December 24, 2012 until 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. All essential services will remain available during this time. If you require assistance with a Regional service during the holidays, you can Access Halton by dialing 311 or visiting www.halton.ca.
The holiday season is one of my favourite times of the year. It is a time when we can get together with our friends and family and enjoy the things that bring joy and comfort in our lives. I hope that you’re all fortunate this holiday to be with those you care about the most. The holidays also provide us with an opportunity to discover Halton and experience the things that make it such a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. Whether you are looking for a Christmas tree, searching for a special gift, or planning a meal or unique activity, think local! Halton’s farms, nurseries, local retailers, restaurants and tourist attractions have plenty to offer during this festive season.
As we enter the last few days of December, we are given an opportunity to reflect on the passing year and look towards the future. When I look back at 2012, I am not only proud of the progress that Halton Region has made, but I am also very optimistic about the direction we are taking.
Regional Council recently approved Halton’s 2013 Budget and Business Plan, delivering a zero per cent tax rate increase for our programs and services. This accomplishment gives Halton Region one of the best records in all of Canada for keeping taxes low. Halton also affirmed its AAA credit rating this summer from both Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s Investors Services, the highest attainable rating. Halton Region identified fiscal responsibility as a key priority in the Citizen’s Priorities 2012-2014 Action Plan, and the affirmation of an AAA credit rating confirms that we continue to be on the right track. This past year was also a great year for business in the Region. More and more businesses, like Target, Siemens and Lowes Canada are choosing to call Halton home. Quality infrastructure and a high quality of life are just two key reasons why businesses are choosing to locate in Halton and we look forward to working with these and other innovative organizations in the future. If you would like to learn more about this past year’s Regional Accomplishments, or are interested in learning more about our programs and services, please visit www.halton.ca.
On behalf of Regional Council, I would like to once again wish all the residents of Halton Region a Merry Christmas, a peaceful and happy holiday season and a prosperous new year. May the blessings of the season be with you and your family now and always.
As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”