March 29, 2018 - Lennox and Addington County Council has approved a 2018 budget totalling $78.1 million to provide a broad range of services which are described in detail in the 2018 Budget Summary & Highlights.
$26.5 million of the total budget is raised through property taxation. The County’s 2018 property tax levy will increase by 2.5% or $647,200 from 2017, after allowing for assessment increases due to new development and growth. $510,800 or 2% of the property tax increase has been dedicated as 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 2018 is $244,191 (2017 - $240,804). The County portion of the property taxes on this assessment in 2018 is $1,231.76 (an increase of $17.50 from 2017).
Some of the highlights of the 2018 budget include:
- $12.0 million for capital improvements to County Roads & Bridges, including rehabilitation and paving of portions of County Roads 1, 2, 4, 15 & 41 and Phase 2 of “Diggin Downtown Napanee”, a joint project to reconstruct Dundas Street with the Town of Greater Napanee. The County will receive $1.3 million in federal gas tax funds and $1.3 million from the Province to assist with the cost of road projects.
- $451,000 in additional net operating funds for Paramedic Services, primarily to staff a new ambulance base in Stone Mills with 12 hours of day time coverage, effective July 1, 2018.
- $2.6 million in capital funds for Paramedic Services to build a new ambulance base in Stone Mills, acquire the existing base in Denbigh and purchase replacement vehicles & equipment.
- $617,000 for capital repairs, equipment and furnishings for The John M. Parrott Centre.
- $2.3 million in provincial funding for affordable housing initiatives, including building new rental housing and providing rent supplements to private landlords.
- $6.5 million in provincial funding to enhance children’s services, including providing additional operating and capital funding for licensed child care and early years services to increase parents’ access to high quality, accessible, and affordable programs.
- $501,000 for capital improvements to County-owned buildings, including the County Court House, the Memorial Building, the Museum & Archives, the Allan Macpherson House, Social Services offices in Napanee & Amherstview and ambulance bases in Napanee, Northbrook & Denbigh.
- $60,000 for the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation capital campaign.
“County Council strives to develop a budget that ensures long term sustainability and a limited tax increase while maintaining essential and valued services,” stated Warden Bill Lowry. “This can be a challenge especially with inflationary pressures, ever changing grant structures and a growing infrastructure gap. I believe this budget represents a balance between these fiscal pressures and our commitment to provide excellent service delivery to our residents,” he added.