This is a unique and important time for Oakville.
We are the people and this is the time in our history when we make the big, urgent and long-lasting moves for our town's future.
Together, we are poised to meet any challenges.
Let's keep moving
our town our way
- Mayor Burton
We will keep creating efficiencies and productivity in our programs and services to maximize value for you.
Oakville's future as Canada's most livable town is bright if we keep focused on our three main goals:
- Focus on value by
- Controlling growth, debt and taxes to only what fits environmentally and economically.
- Keeping infrastructure maintenance and asset management planning efficient and effective
- Ensuring there are no glitches in the opening and affordability of the new hospital
Focus on families by
- Creating plans for the renewal of the downtown library and theatre complex for the 150th birthday of Canada in 2017 (and possibly relocating Centennial Pool to a new community centre on the old hospital lands)
- Building three new community centres for the areas around Kerr Street, the old hospital and North Park
- Saving time for drivers and riders with our fully-funded road refurbishment and traffic management plan.
Focus on the future by
- Protecting and developing employment lands for even more job growth, while protecting and preserving heritage areas and green lands for environmental health
- Continuing tree planting for a cleaner, greener town to reach the goal of 40% canopy by 2057
- Rebuilding our downtown streetscape and revitalizing our business district
Results from my first two terms show you can trust me to control growth, debt and taxes, save green space and heritage, and keep up with residents’ infrastructure and jobs lands needs.
With the Indoor Soccer Facility, Joshua Creek Twin Arenas, Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, the modern hybrid-ready Transit Depot and Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, Oakville gained 70% in its facilities.
At the same time tax increases were steadily reduced, the average annual increase of the total property tax levy went from 7% a year for the four years before I became Mayor, to 5% a year in my first term and just 3% a year in this term, while tax-paid debt was cut in half.
The actual tax increase each year of this term has been at or below inflation, with 2014's change being only 0.8% - not even one per cent, the lowest in 15 years, and possibly the lowest in the GTA.
We use modern corporate fiscal management tools that allow us to relentlessly pursue efficiency.
We have a vision out to our Town's 200th birthday in 2057 to plan, create, preserve and afford the livability that Oakville is known for.
We all care about the town we live in. We volunteer and give our time and effort to make Oakville a better place to call home. This spirit is the backbone, the muscle and the heart of what makes Oakville, Oakville. And this spirit, with our ability to work together effectively, is what drives us forward on our path to our goal of being Canada’s most livable town.
The civic engagement we need for Oakville to make more progress on the path we set out on seven years ago is strong and growing.
As Mayor, I will work to keep Council moving forward on our path to a more livable and sustainable future. We on Council may lead, but we work with you and our talented, professional staff on our shared goals.
If you like the results so far from my consensus-building business background as founder of YTV, let's keep moving forward and creating our town our way.
Please contact me to chat about how to keep our good work for the future on the path to more success.