In February 2023, Richmond Hill Council approved our annual operating budget, including a 3.72% tax rate increase for Richmond Hill residents and businesses. On an average home in Richmond Hill valued at $1,146,000, the tax increase on the Richmond Hill portion of property taxes is equal to $72.74 in 2023. The Operating Budget also includes $500,000 for the 16 new firefighters approved in the 2022 budget;
Council also approved the Capital Budget for 2023 of $84 million, including growth-related projects such as implementing the Richmond Hill David Dunlap Observatory Park Master Plan, Bayview Hill Park revitalization, eight pedestrian crosswalks, a new fire truck, 400 metres of multi-use trail and 880 metres of nature trails.
Richmond Hill’s Senior Tax Grant for 2023 is $419. Residents 65 years old or older who own their home should visit RichmondHill.ca/TaxAssistancePrograms to determine if they qualify. The online application form is available at RichmondHill.ca/SeniorTaxGrant.
In 2023, Richmond Hill will keep only 26% of residential property taxes, with 51% sent to York Region for regional services and 23% sent to school boards for education funding. Richmond Hill Council controls only the local portion of taxes.
In our Ward4, we relaunched the Neighborhood Watch program in Jefferson Community and Westbrook community, which was paused due to 3 years Covid-19. You are welcomed to join this program and make our community safer.
Thank you for your continuous support.
Richmond Hill Ward 4 Councillor
Community Watch is one of the oldest and most effective crime prevention programs in the country, bringing citizens together with law enforcement to deter crime and make communities safer. Neighborhood Watch is simply a program of neighbors watching out for each other during the workday, evenings, vacations or any other absence. The purpose of the Neighborhood Watch program is to create an alert neighborhood by using simple crime prevention methods.
We are planning to promote this program stage by stage. By Feb 24, we have started the Block A enrollment for both Jefferson and Westbrook communities with the support of York Region Police support. In the next few weeks, we will launch B to H block.
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