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(Updated 9:30 a.m., Dec.15)
Municipal budget passes with 2% tax hike

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

Orléans residents can expect to pay an additional two per cent on the municipal portion of their property tax bill next year after Ottawa city council passed the 2018 operating and capital budgets with very few surprises on Dec. 13.

For the owner of an average home with a market value assessment of $404,000, the increase equates to an additional $75 for urban residents and $62 for rural residents.

The tax hike does include water and sewer rate increases of four and five per cent respectively, which are billed separately.

Among the highlights in the 2018 operating budget as passed 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 OC Transpo 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.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson calls the election year budget “balanced, affordable and progressive.”

“We are presenting a balanced financial plan for Ottawa that creates an affordable and progressive city that supports residents in need,” said Mayor Jim Watson.

Major 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.

Specific 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.

Other highlights include:

  • $220,000 to replace equipment at the Blackburn arena;
  • $192,000 for a new playground at Notre-Dame-des-Champs Park;
  • $1 million for repairs at the Earl Armstrong Arena and the Splash Wave Pool;
  • $3.61 million to upgrade the Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex and the Place d’Orleans Transitway Station;
  • $7.45 million to resurface Old Tenth Line Road, OR 174, Tenth Line Road, Charlemagne Boulevard, Renaud Road, Donald Street, Wilhaven Drive and Dunning Road. Increases in funding to OC Transpo will allow service to be extended into Cardinal Creek Village, Summerside West, Avalon Encore and Chaperal.

Last, but not least, there is $7 million in the budget to complete construction of a new fire station on Portobello Blvd. in Avalon. Thirty-six new paramedics will also be hired and five new ambulances will be purchased and added to the Emergency Services fleet.

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

 

 

   
   

 


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