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by Doug Harvey

The Municipality of Central Elgin had the last meeting of the 2019 Budget talks on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 at 450 Sunset Drive in the lower level of the Elgin County Administration Building. Just before the meeting got started Karen Harris, Central Elgin's Director of Finance and Treasurer handed out a series of revised documents to replace the preliminary Budget documents with the latest adjusted financial proposals.

The meeting began with an Addendum - By-law 2354 - Acting Director of Financial Services, a by-law to approve a replacement for Karen Harris, Central Elgin's Director of Finance and Treasurer who would be leaving Central Elgin for an identical position with Zorra-Tavistock. A vote was taken and carried that appointed Andrea Brown as Acting Director of Financial Services and Treasurer for the Municipality of Central Elgin effective April 1st, 2019.

Once the power point presentation got underway detailing up-to-date financial adjustments for each department it was clear that it was going to be difficult to keep a tax increase to a minimum. After a detailed and thorough analysis of the every item the Committee of the Whole adopted the 2019 Operating and Capital Budget.

The total 2019 Net Tax Supported Budget will increase from the 2018 Approved Budget of $12,905,643 to the Proposed 2019 of $13,751,752 which represents a total tax increase of $846,109 or 6.56%.

The 2019 Assessment portion of your Tax bill will increase by $531,120 for a 4.24% Assessment increase, and Central Elgin's Tax Rate portion will increase by $314,989 or 2.32%.

Budget detail totals by Department for Beach Services, Corporate Services, Environmental Services, Fire, General Government, Parks and Recreation, and Physical Services are detailed below.

Beach Services spending is going down -0.28% from Approved 2018 Budget of $25,356 to Proposed 2019 of ($10,788), a ($36,144) decrease due to increased paid parking rates.

Corporate Services is going up 0.08% from Approved 2018 Budget of $2,319,388 to a Proposed 2019 of $2,329,389, a increase of $10,001 mainly due to a Official Plan Review, DC Study Work and Affordable Housing Study as well as increased Policing costs in 2019.

Environmental Services is going up 1.04% from the Approved 2018 Budget of $1,021,271 to a Proposed 2019 of $1,155,446, a increase of $134,175 due to a 5% negotiated CPI increase on an extended Solid Waste Management Contract.

Fire is going up 2.84% from the Approved 2018 Budget of $2,139,420 to a Proposed 2019 of $2,506,094, an increase of $366,674 which is due to an increased contribution to vehicle reserves plus increased call volume and a full time Fire Administration Assistant for 2019.

General Government is going down -0.93% from Approved 2018 Budget of $231,494 to a Proposed 2019 of $111,809, a decrease of ($119,685) which is due to an addition of interest revenue from ERTH and supplemental taxation not previously budgeted.

Parks and Recreation is going up 0.51% from the Approved 2018 Budget of $1,613,683 to a Proposed 2019 of $1,679,241, an increase of $65,558 which is due to Turvey Park and Eastwood Park 2019 projects which are primarily tax-supported.

Physical Services is going up 3.30% from the Approved 2018 Budget of $5,555,030 to a Proposed 2019 of $5,980,561, an increase of $425,531 which is due to Lynhurst Phase 2, Hot Mix Paving Program, George Street (South side) Capital Works which are primarily tax-supported.

The 2019 Budget will go before Council for final approval on April 23rd, 2019.


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