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Council approves 2018 County Budget

Posted on Wednesday January 24, 2018

Cobourg, ON – January 24, 2018 –  Council today gave final approval for Northumberland County’s 2018 Budget. This approval concludes a six-week period during which all budget materials were available for council and public review, following a December presentation of the Budget by the County Finance Director & Treasurer Glenn Dees.

The $124 million budget achieves a base levy increase below the 2 per cent target set by Council, coming in at 1.91 per cent. It also includes a Dedicated Infrastructure Levy of 0.3 per cent for investments required for the maintenance and rebuild of local critical infrastructure such as roads and bridges.    

“The County budget process emphasizes long-term planning in order to meet the needs and expectations of our residents and businesses within a framework of fiscal sustainability,” stated Warden Mark Lovshin. “The 2018 Budget responds to Council’s target levy increase of two per cent or less while ensuring that we continue to deliver essential services and fulfill key actions in our Strategic Plan. There are significant initiatives captured within this Budget, and Council looks forward to measured progress for the benefit of our community.”

The County levy will fund approximately 50 per cent of the 2018 Budget. The County will generate the remaining 50 per cent of funds required through a combination of grants and subsidies from other levels of government, as well as revenue-generating activities such as property leasing and the sale of recycled materials from the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF).

Highlights from the 2018 Budget include:

Economic Innovation and Prosperity

  • Continued implementation of County Official Plan principles and policies, including development of a natural heritage system across the county, and a county-wide assessment of agricultural land.
  • Enhancement of opportunities for newcomer settlement services, including programs to support ethnic food growing, and targeted services through the Business & Entrepreneurship Centre (BECN).

Sustainable Infrastructure and Services

  • Construction of a transfer station for organic (‘green bin’) materials in advance of 2019 expansion of waste collection program. 
  • Continued construction of a lined cell at the Brighton Landfill to accommodate relocation of historic waste.
  • Launch of design process for a new Trent River crossing in Campbellford.
  • Acquisition of design and architectural services for the rebuild of the Golden Plough Lodge long term care home.
  • Planning, design and construction of joint paramedic/fire bases in Alnwick/ Haldimand and Trent Hills.

Thriving and Inclusive Communities

  • Collaboration with community partners to develop a family shelter diversion model as part of a homelessness response system.
  • Implementation of a new emergency shelter system for the community.

Organizational Excellence

  • Advancement of the County’s asset management program, including implementation of asset management software, and development of policies aligned with pending municipal asset management planning requirements for January 1, 2019.
  • Continued Lean Management training and implementation of pilot projects throughout the organization. 

For detailed budget information, visit the County website at: www.northumberlandcounty.ca/2018budget.

 

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