The 2021 budget, totals $83.5 million in order to provide a broad range of services as set out in detail in the budget document. $30.48 million of the total budget is raised through property taxation. The County’s 2021 property tax levy will increase by 3.5% or $1,013,390 from 2020, after allowing for assessment increases due to new development and growth. $579,219 or 2% of the 2020 tax levy, 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 2021 is $255,572 (2020 - $254,397). The County portion of the property taxes on this assessment in 2021 is $1,338.67 (an impact of $51.15 from 2020).
Some of the highlights of the 2021 budget include:
- Staffing enhancements at The John M Parrott Centre that will further augment our infection control capacity from both an auditing, coaching and mentoring perspective and resource utilization approach helping to achieve customer service excellence.
- Continuation of the Community Paramedic Pilot Program as well as service enhancements to Paramedic Services at the Stone Mills base.
- Funding for systems to help support the Development Approval Process across the County.
- $12.9 million for capital improvements to County Roads & Bridges, will include construction of a Roundabout at the intersection of County Roads 10 & 1, a joint project with the Tyendinaga Township. Also, 10.5 kms of hot mix paving and 22.0 kms of surface treated roads. The County will receive $1.3 million in federal gas tax funds and $762,000 from the Province as well as $746,000 from the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to assist with the cost of road projects.
- $699,500 for capital repairs, equipment and furnishings for The John M. Parrott Centre and $531,300 for capital improvements to County-owned buildings.
- $4.1 million in funding for housing and homeless initiatives, working with community partners to secure more units for vulnerable citizens as we prepare for the impacts of COVID-19.
- $25,000 per year for 3 years (from 2020 to 2022) to help support the Lenadco Access Clinic.
- $75,000 per year for a ten year period (from 2019 to 2028) for the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation capital campaign.