March 19, 2020 - Lennox & Addington County Council has approved a 2020 budget, totalling $84.1 million, to provide a broad range of services, which are set out in detail in the 2020 Budget Summary & Highlights.
$28.96 million of the total budget is raised through property taxation. The County’s 2020 property tax levy will increase by 3.1% or $856,673 from 2019, after allowing for assessment increases due to new development and growth. $551,686 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 2020 is $254,397 (2019 - $249,042). The County portion of the property taxes on this assessment in 2020 is $1,288.45 (an increase of $31.42 from 2019)
Some of the highlights of the 2020 budget include:
- $16.2 million for capital improvements to County Roads & Bridges, including rehabilitation and paving of portions of County Road 4 and the construction of a Roundabout at the intersection of County Roads 10 & 1, a joint project with the Tyendinaga Township. 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.
- $699,000 for capital repairs, equipment and furnishing for The John M. Parrott Centre and $346,300 for capital improvements to County-owned buildings.
- $2.4 million in provincial funding for affordable housing initiatives, including building new rental housing and providing rent supplements to private landlords.
- $25,000 per year for 3 years to help support the Lenadco Access Clinic.
- $75,000 per year for a ten year period for the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation capital campaign.