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Lennox & Addington County Council Approves 2016 Budget Print

March 23, 2016 - Lennox and Addington County Council approved a 2016 budget totalling $68.5 million to provide a broad range of services which are described in detail in the 2016 Budget Summary & Highlights (available at www.lennox-addington.on.ca).

$24.6 million of the total budget is raised through property taxation.  The County’s 2016 property tax levy will increase by 2.2% or $529,400 from 2015, after allowing for assessment increases due to new development and growth. County Council has dedicated 2% or $472,800 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 2016 is $238,535 (2015 - $231,211). The County portion of the property taxes on this assessment in 2016 is $1,168.35 (an increase of $23.97 from 2015).

Some of the highlights of the 2016 budget include:

  • $10.1 million for capital improvements to County Roads & Bridges, including rehabilitation and paving of portions of County Roads 1, 4, 16, 22 and 23. The County will receive $1.3 million in federal gas tax funds to help fund road projects.
  • $525,000 for capital repairs, equipment and furnishings for The John M. Parrott Centre as it enters its 11th year of operation.
  • $355,000 or 1.5% of the county levy as an initial contribution towards future enhancements to Emergency Medical Services, as determined by Council
  • $456,000 in provincial funding for affordable housing initiatives, including building new rental housing and providing rent supplements to private landlords.
  • $88,000 in net savings in the municipal cost of social assistance, primarily due to the phased-in upload of social assistance costs to the Province.
  • $20,000 in funding to assist L&A Seniors Outreach Services with various programs, including enhancing respite care, fitness programs and seminars for seniors.
  • $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.

“County Council and staff have strived to develop a budget which maintains a high level of services while being sensitive to the impact on County tax payers,” stated Past Warden Gord Schermerhorn.  “I’m very pleased that we have been able to continue to invest in our roads & bridges infrastructure and to provide for future enhancements to our Emergency Medical Services,” he added.

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For more information please contact:

Gord Schermerhorn

Larry Keech

Past Warden

Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk

613-354-4883

613-354-4883

 

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