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Council receives draft 2018 County Budget

Posted on Wednesday December 13, 2017

Cobourg, ON – December 13, 2017 –  Council today received the recommended Northumberland County Budget for 2018, presented by Finance Director and Treasurer Glenn Dees. The $124 million budget achieves a base levy increase below the 2 per cent target set by Council, coming in at 1.91 per cent.

The budget also includes a Dedicated Infrastructure Levy (DIL) of 0.3 per cent for investments required for the maintenance and rebuild of local critical infrastructure such as roads and bridges. By achieving a levy increase below Council’s 2 per cent target, staff was able to redirect resultant savings to the DIL, reinforcing savings for the significant infrastructure projects on the horizon.

The overall estimated impact of this levy increase to a median household in the County is approximately $11 for 2018, though this is subject to change based on tax policy and information from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporate (MPAC), both of which will be finalized in the spring. 

“We put the challenge to staff to come up with a plan that ensures fulfillment of core services, movement on key projects, and attention to debt management, all within a two per cent target, and that is what we received today,” stated Warden Mark Lovshin. “Council will now carefully review all proposed measures leading up to the January vote on this budget, to ensure we are achieving value for the residents of Northumberland.”

Some of the highlights from this year’s proposed budget include:

Economic Innovation and Prosperity

  • Continued implementation of County Official Plan principles and policies, including development of a natural heritage system across the county, and a county-wide assessment of agricultural land.
  • Enhancement of  opportunities for newcomer settlement services, including programs to support ethnic food growing, and targeted services through the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (BECN).

Sustainable Infrastructure and Services

  • Construction of a transfer station for organic (‘green bin’) materials in advance of 2019 expansion of waste collection program. 
  • Continued construction of a lined cell at the Brighton Landfill to accommodate relocation of historic waste.
  • Launch of design process for a new Trent River crossing in Campbellford.
  • Acquisition of design and architectural services for the rebuild of the Golden Plough Lodge long term care home.
  • Planning, design and construction of joint paramedic/fire bases in Alnwick/ Haldimand and Trent Hills.

Thriving and Inclusive Communities

  • Collaboration with community partners to develop a family shelter diversion model as part of a homelessness response system.

Organizational Excellence

  • Advancement of the County’s asset management program, including implementation of asset management software, and development of policies aligned with pending municipal asset management planning requirements for January 1, 2019.
  • Continued Lean Management training and implementation of pilot projects throughout the organization. 

Following a thorough review of materials, Council will vote on the 2018 County Budget at the January 24th meeting. To view budget materials, including highlights as well as individual departmental breakdowns, visit www.NorthumberlandCounty.ca/2018Budget.

 

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