Area rating is the method used to assign specific program costs to different areas within the City for the purposes of taxation. In April of 2011, Council approved the transition to an “urban/rural” model of taxation for area rated services.
As a result of these changes, an Area Rating Special Capital Re-Investment Reserve was set up for Wards 1 to 8 (the former City of Hamilton). The purpose of this reserve is to aid in addressing the required infrastructure investments within the former City of Hamilton. Ward Councillors are tasked with identifying infrastructure priorities within their wards.
To learn more about area rating, visit the Area Rating Special Capital Re-Investment Reserve.