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(Posted 1 p.m., Oct. 24)
City tables draft budget with lowest tax increase in six years
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

City council got it's first look at the 2013 budget on Wednesday, and based on the early reaction they like what they see, especially the 2.09 per cent tax increase that is being proposed in the document.

The proposed tax hike, which does not include the education portion of the property tax bill or water and sewer rates, would be the lowest tax increase in six years and represents an additional $67 on the average home assessed at $314,500, bringing the total municipal portion to $3,283.

The proposed $2.5 billion operating budget contains a number of efficiencies totaling $8.8 million including a net reduction of 139 full-time positions.

At the same time staff are proposing to inject an additional $5.5 million toward infrastructure renewal; $2.5 million toward expanding cycling infrastructure; $2 million to make city buildings more accessible; and $1 million toward the ongoing battle against the Emerald Ash Borer.

The proposed budget also maintains the freeze in recreational fees first implemented in 2011; provides ongoing funding for the "Ottawa On The Move" infrastructure program; and reduces garbage collection fees by 11 per cent to reflect the move to bi-weekly garbage pickup.

In terms of funding for local projects the proposed budget includes money for parks in Cardinal Creek and Avalon; new crossing guard locations for Fallingbrook Elementary School, Henry Larsen Elementary School and Des Pins Elementary School; and the necessary funding for the opening of the Francois Dupuis swimming pool in Avalon.

The proposed budget also contains $2 million to extend Brian Coburn Boulevard from Mer Bleue Road to Navan Road; $1.5 million for the construction of a sidewalk on the south side of North Service Road from east Rossignol to Trim Road; and $4 million to advance the widening of Tenth Line Road. There is also money for sidewalk renewal in Navan; paving the Hornet's Nest parking lot; traffic safety modifications on Hwy. 174 east of Trim; and the commencement of work on widening and realigning Trim Road.

A number of east end roads will also be resurfaced in 2013 including all of Princess Louise Drive, and sections of Montcrest Drive, Viseneau Drive, Southpark Drive and Colonial Road. Repaving will also be done on Des Epinettes Avenue and Watters Road between Charlemagne and Montcrest.

East end residents will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed budget during a public meeting on Thursday, Nov. 1from 7-9 p.m. at the Shenkman Arts Centre.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

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