Brampton decreasing user fees to reduce COVID-19 financial impact
Some of the city’s user fees are being rolled back to their 2019 rates after Brampton city council approved changes to its User Fee by-law earlier this week.
On Wednesday, May 27, council ruled for a number of 2020 user fees to be rolled back to last year’s rates in the areas of Recreation, Performing Arts, Facility Services, Fire and Emergency Services, Legislative Services, and Parks and Forestry.
These changes, which are effective starting Wednesday, July 1, are meant to help residents, businesses, and community groups weather the ongoing financial impacts of COVID-19.
The reduced fees will provide financial relief of up to $1,021,000 until the end of the year, according to the city.
"Throughout COVID-19, our council has continued its active engagement with all members of our community through online and telephone town halls,” said Mayor Patrick Brown.
“We have heard from tens of thousands first-hand that COVID-19 has taken a heavy financial toll and this week's outcome demonstrates our commitment to supporting our collective recovery."
The city says these changes are an immediate result of feedback received through public engagement by the Mayor's Reopening and Recovery Working Group, led by Regional Councillor Martin Medeiros.
“To date, more than 3,900 individuals and groups have provided input through the City's online survey and ongoing stakeholder meetings,” the city said in a recent statement.
More information on the city’s COVID-19 response can be found at brampton.ca/COVID19.
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