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November 7, 2012
Solid Waste Management Services, Toronto Water and Toronto Parking Authority present recommended 2013 Capital and Operating Budgets
  
The 2013 recommended capital and operating budgets for Solid Waste Management Services and Toronto Water, presented at Budget Committee today, demonstrate a commitment to important long-term waste diversion and infrastructure renewal goals while prioritizing fiscal responsibility and customer service. Also presented today was the recommended 2013 budgets for the Toronto Parking Authority aimed to satisfy the parking needs of many business areas and communities in Toronto.

“The Solid Waste Management Services and Toronto Water budgets demonstrate the City's commitment to achieving our waste diversion goals and repairing aging infrastructure while providing excellent and reliable customer service in a fiscally responsible manner,” said Councillor Mike Del Grande (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt), Chair of the Budget Committee. "These budgets advance key priorities and will have considerable impact.”

Solid Waste Management Services

The Recommended 2013 Solid Waste Management Services budgets consist of:
• The 2013 Recommended Operating Budget of $349.3 million.
• The 10-Year Recommended Capital Plan of $669.6 million including the 2013 Recommended Capital Budget of $93.9 million.

The 2013 Proposed Solid Waste Operating and Capital Budgets recommend a zero per cent increase in 2013 for Solid Waste Volume-Based User Fees, largely achieved by the continued savings arising from the contracting out of District 2 Collection services that began in August 2012.

Key services funded by the 2013 Recommended Solid Waste Management Services Operating Budget:
• Continued implementation of waste diversion initiatives to achieve a residential diversion rate of 70 per cent and secure long-term waste disposal capacity.
• Continued expansion of the durable goods program.
• Continued program rollout of apartment/condo Green Bin organics collection.
• Enhanced litter collection service.
• Introduction of new materials to be recycled in the Blue Bin (e.g. Mixed Rigid Plastic Packaging).
• Implementation of a phased-in solid waste rate for collection and tipping services required by Non-Residential customers, along with the creation of a Non-Residential Special Category for the Donated Items Reduced Rate.
• Maintaining adequate and reliable processing capacity for organics and single-stream recycling.

Toronto Water

The 2013 recommended Toronto Water budgets are based on a 9 per cent water rate increase. This is a planned increase and part of a multi-year budget and infrastructure plan which calls for an annual 9 per cent increase each year, from 2006 up to and including 2014.

Toronto Water's 2013 recommended budgets include:
• The 2013 Recommended Operating Budget of $394.4 million in gross expenditures.
• The 10-Year Recommended Capital Plan of $8.185 billion including the 2013 Recommended Capital Budget of $525.9 million ($657.3 million when including funds carried forward from 2012 into 2013).
• Projected revenue of $940.6 million.

Toronto Water is addressing its aging infrastructure. The recommended rate increase allows the City to protect public health, safety and property in a fiscally and environmentally responsible manner.

Key capital projects over the 2013-2022 period include:
• Increased infrastructure renewal funding of $407 million to reduce the infrastructure renewal backlog by a further $136 million. The recommended 10-Year Capital Plan includes a funding strategy to reduce the backlog from $1.499 billion at the end of 2013 to $197.7 million by 2022.
• $74 million in basement flooding protection ($915.4 million over the 10-Year Capital Plan).
• $166 million in local sewer and watermain replacement and rehabilitation ($2.5 billion over the 10-Year Capital Plan).

Key capital projects in 2013:
Ongoing:
• Gerrard Street Trunk Watermain.
New:
• Ashbridges Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant primary treatment and odour control (P-building) - mitigates impact to local community.
• Highland Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant primary treatment and odour control upgrades.
• Humber Wastewater Treatment Plant odour control upgrades.
• Emery Creek stormwater management ponds.
• Implementation of corrosion control program at water treatment plants.

Key services funded by the 2013 Recommended Toronto Water Operating Budget:
• Treatment and supply of 454 billion litres of water (includes York Region).
• Collection and treatment of 438 billion litres of wastewater.
• Replacement of 5,000 sub-standard residential water supply pipes (approximately 3,500 of which are lead).
• Respond to and clear 10,000 blocked sewer connections.
• Cleaning of approximately 122,500 catch basins.
• Repair of approximately 1,500 broken watermains.

Over the past several years, both Solid Waste Management Services and Toronto Water have achieved significant milestones while maintaining progress toward critical waste diversion and infrastructure renewal goals. These and key priorities for the 2013 Budget are outlined in accompanying backgrounders at the link below.

Toronto Parking Authority (TPA)

The proposed budget for the Toronto Parking Authority is a rate-supported budget as it is not funded by the City's property tax base.

In 2013, the TPA projects to generate approximately $63 million of net revenues for the City, of which 75 per cent will support general City services and the remaining 25 per cent will help fund TPA capital requirements.

The TPA's proposed 2013-2022 Capital Budget and Plan, with anticipated capital expenditures of $358 million, focuses on balancing infrastructure renewal needs for state of good repair, service improvement and growth to meet a forecasted demand for off-street parking. Funding for approximately 40 new carparks, the expansion of eight existing carparks and the redevelopment of another 10 carparks across the City is included in the capital plan.

As a City Board, the Toronto Parking Authority is responsible for providing safe, attractive, conveniently located, well maintained and competitively priced on-street and off-street parking as an integral component of Toronto's transportation system.

Budget Committee continues on November 12. Executive Committee will then consider these budgets on November 19 and Toronto City Council will consider the budgets for approval on November 27/28. Backgrounders, analyst notes and other materials are available at http://www.toronto.ca/budget2013 .

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Pat Barrett, Sr. Communications Coordinator
Solid Waste Management Services
416-392-4716
pbarrett@toronto.ca

Toronto Water
Ellen Leesti, Sr. Communications Coordinator
416-397-1403
eleesti@toronto.ca

Lorne Persiko, President
Toronto Parking Authority
416-393-7294
lpersiko@toronto.ca

 

 

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