April 12, 2017 - Lennox and Addington County Council has approved a 2017 budget totalling $73.0 million to provide a broad range of services which are described in detail in the 2017 Budget Summary & Highlights.
$25.5 million of the total budget is raised through property taxation. The County’s 2017 property tax levy will increase by 2.8% or $695,300 from 2016, after allowing for assessment increases due to new development and growth. County Council has dedicated 2% or $491,200 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 2017 is $239,841 (2016 - $239,781). The County portion of the property taxes on this assessment in 2017 is $1,209.40 (an increase of $34.95 from 2016).
Some of the highlights of the 2017 budget include:
- $11.1 million for capital improvements to County roads and bridges, including rehabilitation and paving of portions of County Roads 8, 22, and Phase 1 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 to help fund road projects.
- $175,000 for the County's multi-year commitment to community health care projects at the Pine Meadow Nursing Home in Northbrook, the Lennox & Addington County General Hospital and the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation.
- $489,000 for capital repairs, equipment and furnishings for The John M. Parrott Centre.
- $1.5 million for Paramedic Services for the purchase of two ambulances, implementation of a new power stretcher system and an initial allocation of $800,000 towards construction of new ambulance bases.
- $1.4 million in provincial funding for affordable housing initiatives, including supporting construction of new rental housing and providing rent supplements to private landlords.
- $420,000 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 and Amherstview and Ambulance Bases in Napanee and Northbrook.
- An active programming schedule is planned at the Museum & Archives, including Tuesday Night at the Museum, Live at the Museum, Museum Kids and other special events focusing on Canada 150 themes. A free community event will take place outside at the grounds of the Court House on Saturday, August 19th to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
“County Council is committed to efficient delivery of services to our citizens and improving the County’s infrastructure, while minimizing tax increases,” stated Warden Bill Lowry. “I think we have achieved a good balance in the 2017 budget,” he added.