Treating free employee parking as a taxable benefit

  |   Parking   |   13 Comments

Treating free employee parking as a taxable benefit

City staff currently receive free parking downtown, and a contribution is made to the Downtown Parking Reserve Fund each year for the value of that parking, calculated at $217k this year. Employees have the choice of free parking, or a free monthly transit pass, and some employees choose the transit pass. A contribution is made to transit for the value of those passes, calculated at $16k this year. The transit pass is treated as a taxable benefit for those employees who receive it, but the free parking benefit at the moment is not treated as a taxable benefit. At the budget meeting,...

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05 March
  |   Ask the Councillor, Parking   |   No comment

Ask the Councillor: Parking at 399 Elizabeth St.

Resident J.M. asks: The city I believe monitors the parking at the back of 399 Elizabeth St, and issues tickets for unpaid/expired parking. I realize that the city gains revenue from this but do we have no say in charges? The hourly fee is $4, twice the city rate and the fine is a whopping $75, again twice city rates. Why do we do this for the property owner at these excessive/unfair rates? The city should have no part in this! Response: The city enters into agreements with a number of private parking lots; we provide enforcement, and the ticket revenue pays...

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05 March
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  |   Budget, Taxes & spending   |   3 Comments

Budget approved at 3.5% city increase

[caption id="attachment_3785" align="alignright" width="259"] Slated to be closed to save $8,000 annual expenses, council voted 4-3 to keep the downtown bus terminal open.[/caption] City council has unanimously passed the city's operating budget with an increase of $5 million in spending, offset by revenues, for a 3.5% increase in the city portion of your tax bill (the capital budget was approved in February with no increase). Over two days of discussions, council shaved roughly $1 million and just over 1% off of the proposed budget presented by staff in December. When blended with Regional and Education taxes, which together represent 60% of your tax...

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05 March
  |   Transit & Roads   |   No comment

Hammond Street traffic calming poll due March 21

Hammond Street is being assessed for traffic calming measures. Residents of Hammond Street are asked to complete an online survey by March 21, 2014 on whether or not you support traffic calming on the street. For background information, please review the letter mailed to residents.For further information, please contact Brent Jefferson, 905-335-7600, ext. 7760. Hammond Street Traffic Calming Poll Letter - Feb 27, 2104 B.pdf...

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03 March
  |   Updates and events   |   No comment

Halton Multicultural Gala April 25

The Halton Multicultural Council’s Annual Gala is Friday April 25th. We are proud to serve immigrants and newcomers to our community and the gala serve to celebrate their life journeys and successes in Canada. Details are below. HMC is having their Annual Community Leadership Awards Night & Fundraising Gala. This event is held annually to help bring awareness to the organization and highlight great Leaders in our community that help to exemplify what we do. The event will take place Friday, April 25th, 2014 at Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre. This year we are Mapping the Immigrant Journey through business and...

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03 March
  |   Heritage   |   No comment

Freeman Station, A Very Popular Attraction at recent Shows

Submitted by Mark Gillies Hello Friends of Freeman Station, Freeman Station was a very popular attraction at two recent show events. The top photograph is Mark Gillies (L) and Brian Aasgaard (R), 2 Friends of Freeman Station who volunteered to man the booth at the Ancaster Model Train Show held at the Ancaster Fairgrounds on Sunday January 26th. This extremely popular show drew a huge enthusiastic crowd from a wide area across southern Ontario. The second photograph is Keri Dunham, an Ireland House volunteer wearing her beautiful turn of the century dress, from the same era when historic Freeman Station was built in...

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03 March
  |   Arts & Culture   |   No comment

City of Burlington launches online cultural map

 Residents and cultural groups can get information and discover resources including: cultural venues, creative cultural industries, creative professionals, cultural heritage and artists. “The cultural map is integral to the city’s cultural action plan,” said Kim Phillips, general manager of community and corporate services. “It’s our hope that culture groups, residents and visitors will take advantage of the cultural map to search, explore and experience the wonderful cultural assets Burlington has to offer.” The map is free and allows culture-based groups, businesses and individuals to create a customized listing, plot a location on the map and gain exposure online. The map is designed to...

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03 March
  |   Heritage   |   No comment

Theo Bullock honoured with lifetime membership in Friends of Freeman Station

[caption id="attachment_3837" align="alignright" width="300"] Brian Aasgaard, Theo Bullock and me[/caption] Mr. Bullock received his lifetime membership for his invaluable first hand recollections of his personal use of Freeman Station over many decades, as well as that of the Bullock family who were among the original market garden farmers in the Aldershot & Freeman communities. Mr. Bullock who is 91 years old was born and raised in Aldershot. Theo attended Maplehurst Public School. Mr. Bullock also is a member of the local Lion’s Club for over 61 years. Theo served honourably in WW 2, sustaining several war wounds. His stories of the...

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03 March
  |   Updates and events   |   No comment

Singles Mixer March 21 to raise money for INCITE single moms group

It's only $25 in advance, and includes the event, silent auction, door prizes, appetizers and entry into the dance club. Purchase your tickets today! http://burlingtonsingles.webs.com/apps/webstore/ This is a Fundraiser for INCITE. Beth Hudson Executive Director INCITE A Single Moms Support Group The Bay Learning Centre 860 Harrington Court, Suite 160 & 161 Burlington, ON L7N 3N4 Tel: 905.333.3499, Ext 158  ...

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03 March

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