Central Elgin - At its February 12, 2019 meeting, Elgin County Council approved
a $65,931,240 operating budget, with a 3.2% increase in County taxes on an average
property, which is 0.7% lower than previously anticipated. This will represent a
3.0% increase on the average home or approximately $44.
Council remains committed to achieving affordable taxes while maintaining and expanding
high quality services for residents. The County has been able to do this, despite
significant revenue losses of approximately $6 million in OMPF and Ford property
tax, through the use of reserves, grant funding, and measured tax increments over
In 2019, Council will continue to implement several initiatives committed to in
previous budget cycles including the reconstruction of Terrace Lodge, timely maintenance
of existing road infrastructure, a $3.5 million grant to the St. Thomas Elgin General
Hospital, and investment in small business through a Community Improvement Plan
"Council has been able to maintain an affordable increase in taxes while improving
service through through the addition of a Fire Trainer and a full-time planner,"
said Elgin County Warden Duncan McPhail. "Not only does the addition and renovation
of Terrace Lodge providing us savings as compared to the previous plan of new construction,
it actually improves quality of space for its residents over the new build design."
Highlights of Council's commitment to improving the prosperity and quality of life
in the community over the next ten years include:
- A new POA Courthouse facility
- $2.5 million granted to the St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital through 2018 with
a further $1.0 million in contributions planned for a total of $3.5 million by 2022.
- $1 million in CIP funding to improve streetscapes and improve the economic outlook
for the County's businesses will be enhanced with an additional $80,000 annually
by reallocating the additional revenue from the elimination of the vacancy rebate/reduction.
- $0.5 million in funding to attract government and private sector support for high
speed internet (SWIFT).
- The county roads will average over $12.5 million annually for capital budget funding,
focused on timely investments in existing infrastructure to ensure the lowest possible
life-cycle costs. This includes the rehabilitation of the King George Lift Bridge
and the reconstruction of Sparta Line.
- Seeking match funding to conduct a $100,000 transportation study.