7:30 a.m., Nov. 17)
unveils draft operating, capital budgets for 2018
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
city’s finance staff recently released the 2018 draft
operating and capital budgets, which among other things,
contains several goodies for east residents along with
a proposed two per cent increase in the municipal portion
of their tax bill.
passed, the increase equates to an additional $76 for
urban residents and $62 for rural residents based on a
home with a market value assessment of $404,000.
tax hike does include water and sewer rate increases of
four and five per cent respectively, which are billed
the highlights in the proposed operating budget is a three
per cent increase for the city’s social service agencies;
an additional $1.1 million to assist low-income families
gain access to recreational programs; funding for 14 more
paramedics and 25 additional police officers; the introduction
of a single ride fare for low income residents called
EquiFare; $150,000 in additional funding for the Arts
Momentum Fund; and $40,000 for each ward for temporary
traffic calming measures.
Mayor Jim Watson calls the proposed election year budget
“balanced, affordable and progressive.”
are presenting a balanced financial plan for Ottawa that
creates an affordable and progressive city that supports
residents in need,” said Mayor Watson.
investments are being made in the city’s capital budget.
Among them are $5.6 million in new spending for road infrastructure;
$7 million for cycling infrastructure; up to $47 million
over four years in provincial and federal funding to repair
and retrofit social housing apartment buildings with energy
efficient heating, improved insulation, window replacements;
$7 million to pay for new parks; and $24 million to improve
the city’s fleet.
to the east end, the capital budget contains $22.2 million
in new spending for everything from a new gymnasium for
the MIFO cultural centre on Carriere Street, to a new
batting cage and scoreboard at Heritage Park on Jeanne
d’Arc Blvd North.
to replace equipment at the Blackburn arena;
for a new playground at Notre-Dame-des-Champs Park;
million for repairs at the Earl Armstrong Arena and
the Splash Wave Pool;
million to upgrade the Bob Macquarrie Recreation Complex
and the Place D’Orleans Transitway Station;
million to resurface Old Tenth Line Road, OR 174, Tenth
Line Road, Charlemagne Boulevard, Renaud Road, Donald
Street, Wilhaven Drive and Dunning Road.
can provide their input on the proposed budget either
in person at the various department standing committees,
or by contacting their local councillor. Phone numbers
and e-mail addresses can be found at ottawa.ca.
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