March 27, 2013
Lennox & Addington County Council Approves 2013 Budget
On March 27, 2013, Lennox and Addington County Council approved a 2013 budget totalling $66.0 million to provide a broad range of services, which are described in detail in the attached 2013 Budget Summary & Highlights.
$22 million of the total budget is raised through property taxation. The County's 2013 property tax levy will increase by 3.3% or $686,000 from 2012, after allowing for assessment increases due to new development and growth. County Council has dedicated 2% or $421,000 of the property tax increase to additional funding for capital improvements to the County's arterial road and bridge network.
The average residential property assessment in the County of Lennox and Addington in 2013 is $212,545 (2012 - $206,103). The County portion of the property taxes on this assessment in 2013 is $1,072.49 (an increase of $39.31 from 2012).
Some of the highlights of the 2013 budget include:
• $7.7 million for capital improvements to Roads and Bridges, including $3.9 million for paving projects on several arterial routes. The County will receive $1.2 million in federal gas tax funds to help fund road projects.
• $4.6 million for the addition and renovation project at the Museum & Archives. The project will be funded from reserves and existing allocations within the County budget.
• $1.2 million for ambulance service capital including the purchase of two ambulances and the construction of a new ambulance base in Northbrook.
• $747,000 in additional provincial funding to enhance child care service in Prince Edward and Lennox & Addington Counties.
• $79,000 for the County's 2013 share of the $170 million Eastern Ontario Regional Network broadband project which will improve high speed internet access when the project is complete by 2014.
• $175,000 for the County's multi-year capital commitment to Community Health Care projects at the Pine Meadow Nursing Home in Northbrook, the Lennox and Addington County General Hospital and the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation.
"Developing the County's 2013 budget was particularly challenging for Council, given our commitment to minimizing tax increases while providing efficient service delivery and investing in our infrastructure," stated Warden Doug Bearance. "I believe that we've been able to achieve a reasonable balance," he added.
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