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)
Here's what's going to be discussed at Council this week:
6pm - Special Public Meeting regarding converting the present-day Bonduelle office building on Lacasse Blvd. facing St. Denis Street into a residence for 45 temporary foreign workers. Zoning permission for future expansion of this building to house a total of 60 workers is also contemplated.
More detailed information for this part of the meeting can be found here.
7pm - Council will be considering a number of items for communications and for potential action.
- Jim Tracey, Program Coordinator, Community Support Centre Re: CSC Programs and Services
- Tony Haddad, CAO, Luc Gagnon, Director Financial Services/Treasurer and Tom Kitsos, Deputy Treasurer/Tax Collector Re: 2015 Proposed Budget
- Mr. Christopher Hales, Chair, Tecumseh Police Services Board and Inspector Glenn Miller, Essex County OPP - Re: 2015 Police and Police Services Board Budget
Business items include:
- Receipt of approval for funding by the Ontario Heritage Trust for the Banwell Road Black Settlement Plaque
- Follow-up from Canada Post regarding Door to Door Delivery & Community Mailboxes. Canada Post has rejected the possibility a public meeting and advises that it will begin notification of residents whose properties are affected by proposed community mailboxes.
- Advisory from the Town of Lakeshore regarding rezoning and official plan amendments permitting Medical Marihuana Production
- Town accomplishments for 2014 as reported by Chief Administrative Officer
- Approval of new OPP New Billling Model
- Continued lease by the Town of the McAuliffe Woods Conservation Area
- By-law approval setting of Water & Wastewater Rates for the Year
- By-law approval of Committee Appointments
More detailed information regarding this part of the meeting can be found here.
Please let me know if you have any issues regarding these items by commenting here or by calling me at 226-773-1910.