Halton’s 2012 Financial Report now available

Halton Region’s 2012 Annual Financial Report is now available online.  The report includes financial statements, progress measures and key accomplishments. financial report

In 2012, Halton’s operating budget for Regional programs and services was $602.5 million and $129.9 million for Regional police services.  The report details Halton’s financial picture over 2012, and demonstrates why Halton has achieved the highest credit rating available, AAA, for 22 consecutive years.

A recent survey found that 97 per cent of residents are satisfied with the overall services provided by Halton Region and 98 per cent rate the quality of life in Halton as very high.  We are committed to maintaining these high levels of satisfaction and continuing to deliver services in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

Preparing a sound budget with solid financial planning is a cornerstone to Halton’s high quality of life and a key priority for Regional Council.  A commitment to high quality customer service and value for your tax dollars is integral to our budget planning process. Halton is a growing community and, due to solid financial management, we have been able to maintain service levels with no tax increase for Regional services for seven years, one of the best records in Canada. For more information on Halton’s budget, watch my video on the 2013 Budget and Business Plan.

Highlights from 2012 Regional operations include:

  • Treatment of 66.8 million cubic meters of water and 81.1 million meters of wastewater
  • Financial assistance to an average of 2,028 Halton households per month
  • Childcare fee assistance to almost 3,700 children
  • 10,532 seasonal influenza immunizations delivered at Health Department clinics
  • 5,614 inspections of food premises completed
  • Maintenance of 980 paved lane kilometers
  • Social housing delivered through a network of 4,383 housing units
  • 19,569 visitors to the Halton Region Museum
  • Collection and disposal of 91,745 tonnes of residential garbage and diversion of 122,998 tonnes of residential Blue Box and organic materials

To read more about Halton’s Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan accomplishments, visit www.halton.ca/actionplan.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”