1 p.m., Feb. 4)
Preliminary budget calls for modest tax hike, user fee
By Fred Sherwin
cost of living in Ottawa is going up this year for everything
from property taxes to flushing your toilet.
2015 preliminary budget contains a two per cent residential
tax increase, a 2.5 per cent hike in transit fares, a
six per cent increase in water and sewer rates and a two
per cent increase in recreation fees.
an average home with a market vakue of $355,000, the tax
increase represents an additional $67 on the municipal
portion of their bill, while the water and sewer rate
increase represents an additonal $18 over the course of
the year for the average user.
fares are also on the rise. A regular adult monthly pass
will be going up from $100.75 to $103.25 will an express
pass will be going up from $124.25 to $127.25.
and rental fees will be going up for the first time after
a four-year freeze.
draft budget also includes an envelop of $37.4 million
to be used at the discretion of city council later this
spring for so called "strategic initiatives".
his budget address, Mayor Watson outlined a number of
initiatives he'd like to see funded including more money
for Invest Ottawa; housing and the homeless; and improved
also said a portion of the money could be spent on road
safety measures. That's music to the ears of residents
living on Forest Valley Drive in Chapel Hill and Viseneau
Avenue in Chateauneuf who made the traffic situation on
their streets during the last election. It's now up to
Innes Ward Coun. Jody Mitic to get a share of those funds.
draft budget also includes $15.9 million to extend Brian
Coburn Way to Navan Road. There is no money in the budget
for widening the Blackburn Bypass, or significant road
resurfacing in any of the east end wards. Nor is their
any money for significant curb and sidewalk rehabilitation.
of the public will have a chance to comment on the draft
budget during a series of consultations over the next
two weeks. The east end consultation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16 0at the Shenkman Arts Centre from 7:30 p.m. to
various standing committees will begin deliberating on
the budget on Feb. 17, during which public presentations
will also be heard. For a complete schedule visit www.ottawa.ca.
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