Even though we have reduced taxes, Halton Region is investing billions of dollars to upgrade wastewater and water plants and to improve our road network. The Regional Construction page on our website provides a great overview of projects currently underway. Halton’s capital budget for Regional roads to ease congestion and improve safety has increased from $50 million in 2006 to $289 million in 2013. This is the biggest investment in roads ever for Halton Region. Consistent increases in our capital budget for roads reflects the additional revenue available from new development fees and supports Regional Council’s position that infrastructure related to new growth should pay for itself. We are also investing $150 million to upgrade our Skyway Wastewater Treatment Plant. Join me on a walk by the pier at Bronte Harbour in Oakville as I reflect on the importance of investing in infrastructure so that we are well planned to meet the needs of the future.
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