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(Posted 2:30 a.m., May 27)
City unveils proposed strategic spending initiatives

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Ottawa residents and even some councillors got their first look at a proposed list of strategic spending initiatives to be implemented over the current term of council.

The list includes a number of items that should receive broad-based support among taxpayers and councillors alike, along with items that will likely aise a few eyebrows.

The list contains 36 initiatives in all, amounting to more than $176 million. A number of the items were approved by the previous council and have been incorporated in the base budget since 2014. The base budget commitment totals $29 million. The new funding being considered are enhancements to those initiatives. The remaining $147 million will be spent on entirely new initiative over the next four years, or roughly $36.75 per year.

The largest chunk of money will be used to enhance the city's 10-year housing and homelessness plan: $16 million a year will be invested in each of the next four years to create neew affordable housing options.

Another $22.4 milllion will be spent on proteccting and improve the city's forest cover: $5.6 million will be added to the base budget commitment of $5.48 million in each of the next four years.

Other recommendations include...

- $17.2 million to renew and implement the city's Economic Development Strategy

- $15.8 million for Queen St. streetscaping improvements

- $9.1 million to expand the Ottawa Art Gallery and improvements to Arts Court

- $6.1 million in for ward-based Ottawa 2017 initiatives including the planting of native Maple trees in special
locations and/or sesquicentennial groves

- $5.4 million for implementation of the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture

- $3.59 million for asset renewal in 2017 and $11 million in 2018

- $1.67 million to complete Environmental Assessments for Phase 2 of the LRT project

- $385,000 to enhance the use of social media to promote public engagement opportunities

- $600,000 to improve public engagement in planning matters

- $320,000 to improve community rinks

- $800,000 for winter cycling improvements

The Council Priority and Strategic Initiative Plan will be tabiled at next week's finance and economic development committee after which each council committee will vet the list of proposed projects. The council committee meetings will also be the only time residents can public comment on the recommendations.

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


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