8:30 p.m., Nov. 12)
Draft city budget includes 2.12% urban tax increase
By Fred Sherwin
city's finance staff presented the 2016 draft
budget on Thursday which includes an additional
$72 in taxes and levies for the average homeowner.
City of Ottawa tabled the 2016 draft budget on Thursday,
which among other things, includes a 2.12 per cent tax
increase for homes in the urban boundary. That equates
to an extra $72 for the average home with a property value
figure includes an extra $11 per household for police
services and $17 for transit services. It does not include
a six per cent increase in the water and sewer rate which
is billed separately, or a 2.5 per cent increase in OC
the spending increases being proposed in the draft budget
is a 1.5 per cent increase in funding for community resource
centres; $40,000 per ward for traffic calming measures;
an additional $50,000 for low-income families seeking
access to recreation programs; $200,000 to maintain the
citys winter cycling network; and $3.5 million to
upgrade recreation centres, develop new splash pads and
install new play structures.
order to balance the budget while limiting the tax increase
to two per cent, the city needs to implement $37 million
in savings. Theres a call to eliminate 50 full-time
equivalent positions along with reductions in advertising,
winter operations, overtime and consulting services.
budgets architects are counting on the ability of
senior staff to find and implement $10 million in efficiencies
in 2016 and they plan to draw $11.5 million from the vehicle
replacement reserve fund which currently has a balance
of $23 million. Instead of replacing city vehicles on
set depreciation schedule, they will be replaced on an
as needed basis.
number of recreation fees will also be going up in 2016.
Public skating fees will go up between five and 13 per
cent, and swimming fees will see an increase of between
six and 21 per cent. Ice rental fees will also be going
up. For instance, the hourly rate for minor hockey teams
will increase 5.6 per cent from $144.04 to $152.13.
budget also calls for the implementation of a new $40
integration fee for special needs camps.
capital budget includes funding for a number of east end
$18.6 million to extend Brian Coburn Blvd. from Mer Bleue
Road to Navan Road
$5.5 million to add a full-service community centre to
the François Dupuis Recreation Centre in Avalon
$5.2 million for a new fire station south of Innes Road;
$750,000 for a district skatepark also south of Innes
$320,000 to complete the playground at the new Miracle
League of Ottawa baseball field
$280,000 has been set aside for the design work for the
future expansion of the Blackburn Arena
$210,000 towards the construction of Park 18B in Cardinal
draft budget will now be reviewed by the citys various
standing committees, during which members of the public
will be able to provide their input. Councillors
will have their final say on the document on Dec. 9.
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