9:30 a.m., Dec.15)
budget passes with 2% tax hike
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
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.
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.
tax hike does include water and sewer rate increases of
four and five per cent respectively, which are billed
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.
Mayor Jim Watson calls the 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 Jim 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. Increases in
funding to OC Transpo will allow service to be extended
into Cardinal Creek Village, Summerside West, Avalon
Encore and Chaperal.
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.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)