March 27, 2019 - Lennox & Addington County Council has approved a 2019 budget, totalling $80.9 million, to provide a broad range of services, which are set out in detail in the 2019 Budget Summary & Highlights.
$27.6 million of the total budget is raised through property taxation. The County’s 2019 property tax levy will increase by 2.5% or $668,800 from 2018, after allowing for assessment increases due to new development and growth. $529,300 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 2019 is $249,042 (2018 - $245,627). The County portion of the property taxes on this assessment in 2019 is $1,257.03 (an increase of $18.03 from 2018)
Some of the highlights of the 2019 budget include:
- $12.3 million for capital improvements to County Roads & Bridges, including rehabilitation and paving of portions of County Roads 2 & 41 and Phase 3 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 $759,000 from the Province to assist with the cost of road projects.
- $1.5 million in capital funds for Paramedic Services to complete the construction of a new ambulance base in Stone Mills and purchase replacement vehicles & equipment.
- $649,000 for capital repairs, equipment and furnishings for The John M. Parrott Centre and $453,000 for capital improvements to County-owned buildings.
- $2.2 million in provincial funding for affordable housing initiatives, including building new rental housing and providing rent supplements to private landlords.
- 2.0 million for the construction of a new child care centre in Amherstview and $400,000 to purchase and retrofit the former Yarker Public School as a child care centre, in partnership with the Township of Stone Mills. The Province will provide $1.6 million in funding with the balance coming from future rental payments from child care providers.
- $100,000 to develop initiatives to attract physicians to Lennox & Addington.
- $75,000 per year for a ten year period for the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation capital campaign.
“Our 2019 budget reflects Council’s desire to balance fiscal responsibility with the commitment to provide excellent services to our residents,” stated Warden Eric Smith. “Council is proceeding cautiously given that a number of our services are either jointly or solely funded by the Province. We are mindful of inflationary pressures and potential changes to provincial funding policies and are making every effort to ensure the future sustainability of our much valued programs, services and capital infrastructure. We believe this budget allows us to serve our residents well, while still being sensitive to the impact on County taxpayers,” he added.