On Tuesday, January 13th, members of Council received a first look at the draft town Budget.
Administration is proposing a 0.8% tax increase, or an average of $8 a year when considering education and county increases projected as well. A 1.6% budget increase was proposed, with new revenues from assessment growth and lower policing costs contributing accounting for avoiding the extra 0.8% on the tax base.
Some of the new costs being recommended by Administration include:
- A new infrastructure reserve representing 1.0% of your tax rate or $200,000. This is not lifecycle costing for maintenance of existing assets but is rather to fund new initiatives like the Parks & Recreation Master Plan (i.e. the proposed Lakewood Park splash pad is estimated to cost about $350,000 and if prioritized would be funded from this allocation)
- Additional part-time administrative assistant for Council Services
- Additional firefighter hours to meed demand
- Additional hours allotted to Public Works for Winter Control to meet demand
- Conversion of joint Building/Water Inspector to Building Inspector (with offsetting reduction from Water budget) to meet demand
- Strategic Planning to undertake projects such as the improvements to the Tecumseh Road business district
- Overall $320,000 increase for salaries and benefits.
The proposed capital works program for 2015 will total $12.4 million. Projects for 2015 will include:
- Various asphalting ($0.7 million)
- Baseline Road reconstruction ($0.9 million)
- Conversion of Streetlights to LED ($1.2 million)
- First phase of Stormwater Channel east of Manning Road at Lakewood Park ($0.7 million)
- Replacement of Lacasse Public Works Yard Salt Shed ($0.3 million)
- Burke/Outer/Moro Sanitary Sewer and municipal infrastructure replacement ($3.0 million)
- Sullivan Creek/Baseline and Pike Creek/12th Concession Bridges ($1.0 million)