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2019 Northumberland County Budget presented to Council

Posted on Wednesday December 12, 2018

Cobourg, ON – December 12, 2018 –  Today, Finance Director and Treasurer Glenn Dees presented the 2019 Northumberland County Budget for County Council consideration. The $123 million budget represents a base levy increase of 2.5 per cent, in keeping with approved targets established in the County’s long-term financial plan. The budget also includes a Dedicated Infrastructure Levy (DIL) of 0.3 per cent to fund necessary investments in upkeep and renewal of roads, bridges and other vital infrastructure.

“We are looking for a budget that addresses the diverse infrastructure and programming needs of the community while fulfilling council’s commitment to fiscal accountability,” indicated Warden John Logel. “Staff worked hard to deliver within the 2.5 per cent target; the work now rests with council to review the business and financial plans in careful detail before the Budget comes to a vote in January.”

The levy for this proposed budget represents an estimated increase of approximately $24 to a median household in Northumberland County. This estimate is subject to change based on tax policy and information from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporate (MPAC), both of which will be finalized in the spring. 

Highlights from this budget include:

  • Transition to two-stream recycling and the launch of a new organic waste (Green Bin) collection service.
  • Advancements in the redevelopment of the Golden Plough Lodge long-term care home.
  • Launch of detailed design for the new Campbellford Bridge.
  • Completion of an affordable housing strategy, with a focus on increasing the supply of rental housing at a variety of affordability depths.
  • Completion of a Natural Heritage System Master Plan to guide development in a way that preserves and enhances our natural environment for future generations.
  • Development of a Digital Strategy to guide the County’s digital transformation activities, as well as launch of a new corporate website.
  • Ground-breaking and construction of the new Trent Hills Emergency Centre.
  • Surface treatment for over 120 km of municipal and County roads.
  • Upgrades to County social housing.
  • Workforce development, attraction and diversity initiatives.

The 2019 Northumberland County Budget will come before council for deliberation and voting on January 30th. To view budget materials, including highlights as well as individual departmental breakdowns, visit www.NorthumberlandCounty.ca/Budget2019.

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