Town Council Approves 2019 Budget

Posted on Wednesday February 20, 2019

Continued investment in strategic initiatives and infrastructure to ensure a sustainable future 

Last night, at a Special Council meeting, Town Council approved the 2019 Budget that is focused on managing the Town’s recent investments in strategic initiatives, infrastructure and staffing, while continuing to plan for the future. The budget also has continued focus on the delivery of high quality programs and services to residents. 

“The 2019 Budget is fiscally responsible and delivers on some of the key priorities identified within Council’s 2018 to 2022 Goals,” said Regional Councillor and Budget Chair Chris Leahy. The Town’s impact on the overall property tax bill is 1.94 per cent or $8.36 per month per household*. The Town’s portion of the overall tax bill is approximately 33 per cent. The Town is responsible for collecting property taxes on behalf of the Region of Durham and the School Boards.

“Through our 2018 Community Survey we heard from our residents that they believe they are getting good value for their tax dollars,” said Mayor Don Mitchell. “The 2019 Budget will continue to provide good value to our residents and businesses, maintaining our infrastructure and planning for the future.”

Specifically, the 2019 Budget focuses on:

  • continuing to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of program and service delivery;
  • improving the Town’s customer service through facility and technology upgrades;
  • launching our corporate planning framework to provide a roadmap for the future. This includes a new Corporate Strategic Plan, Council’s Goals and the biennial community survey;
  • advancing the redevelopment of Town Hall into a community hub for all;
  • creating local jobs and economic prosperity through investments like the new Innovation Accelerator;
  • building walkable, cycling-friendly neighbourhoods to reduce local traffic congestion;
  • redeveloping and reimagining parks to ensure they meet the needs of residents now and in the future;
  • accelerating the pedestrian focus of the two historic downtowns;
  • launching a new strategy aimed at making the Town’s community engagement more consistent, inclusive and easy;
  • finalizing new sustainable development and urban design guidelines; and,
  • realizing the economic, cultural and social potential of our downtowns, waterfront, green spaces and major attractions.

The following capital investments are also included within the 2019 Budget:

  • parks ($4.7M), recreation ($2.5M) and active transportation ($4.3M);
  • fire and emergency services ($1.6M);
  • roads and stormwater ($19.9M);
  • facilities ($2.1M);
  • communications and technology ($4.1M); and,
  • library ($1.1M).

“The 2019 Budget allows us to continue to deliver quality services to residents, despite the cost pressures of continued growth in our community,” said Ken Nix, Treasurer and Commissioner of Corporate Services. “By focusing on completing our recent investments in strategic initiatives, infrastructure and staffing, the 2019 Budget is helping to ensure our sustainable future.”

Property taxes are just one of the revenue sources utilized by the Town to support its annual budget. Additional revenue sources include licensing fees, user charges and grants.

The 2019 Budget is available online at whitby.ca/budget and in-person at Town Hall.

For comments or questions about the budget, contact the Corporate Services Department by email at treasury@whitby.ca or by phone at 905.430.4300 x2232. 

 

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