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by Doug Harvey
2019 Budget Talks Preliminary Details

The Municipality of Central Elgin had preliminary 2019 Budget talks on Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 450 Sunset Drive in the lower level of the Elgin County Administration Building. Karen Harris Central Elgin's Director of Finance and Treasurer began the meeting with another power point presentation that brought together preliminary financial details of the proposed Central Elgin 2019 Operating and Capital Budget.

This is the first budget meeting with some real numbers for a new Council to decipher, and it would seem that the challenges to agree on all fronts will take more time then anticipated to the create the final version of that 2019 budget than in previous years. A subject that generated several minutes of rather heated dialogue was the possible burying of hydro lines on the north side of Sparta Line in the Village of Sparta with a estimated cost of $250,000 to bury 160 metres of power cable. At the last Council meeting Eleanor Robson was in attendance discussing the possibility of having this project done at the same time as the road being torn up for the reconstruction of the Sparta Beautification project. She also indicated that the affected parties would not be able to financially support any related costs for this project including the eight secondary services affected from the new underground service to the building due to financial hardship in the area. As the cost and what gets done with this project are not confirmed with Hydro One, it's hard to say what will happen next even though this project is in the budget.

While this Budget is still an ongoing process, all projected spending is only proposed and may not be included in the finalized or approved version of the Budget. According to these preliminary documents the total Net Tax Supported Budget will increase from the 2018 Approved Budget of $12,905,643 to the Proposed 2019 of $13,489,437 which represents an total increase of $583,794 or 4.52%, a 4.16% Assessment increase, and a 0.37% Tax Rate increase.

The Net Budgets by Department were divided into Beach Services, Corporate Services, Environmental Services, Fire, General Government, Parks and Recreation, and Physical Services.

Beach Services spending is going down 0.28% from Approved 2018 Budget of $25,356 to Proposed 2019 of ($10,788), a reduction of ($36,144) paid by increased Paid Parking rates for 2019 for consistency across lots.

Corporate Services is going up 0.07% from Approved 2018 Budget of $2,319,388 to Proposed 2019 of $2,328,296, a increase of $8,908. Includes cost for an Official Plan Review, DC Study Work and Affordable Housing Study work as well a increased Policing costs in 2019.

Environmental Services is going up 0.39% from Approved 2018 Budget of $1,021,271 to Proposed 2019 of $1,071,209, a increase of $49,938 due to a 5% negotiated CPI increase on extened Solid Waste Management Contract.

Fire is going up 2.84% from Approved 2018 Budget of $2,139,420 to Proposed 2019 of $2,506,094, an increase of $366,674 which is due to an increased contribution to vehicle reserve plus increased call volume and 100% Fire Admin Assistant for 2019.

General Government is going down 0.85% from Approved 2018 Budget of $231,494 to Proposed 2019 of $121,537, a decrease of ($109,957) which is due to an addition of revenue from ERTH interest and supplemental taxation not previously budgeted.

Parks and Recreation is going up 0.47% from Approved 2018 Budget of $1,613,683 to Proposed 2019 of $1,674,581, an increase of $60,898 which is due to tax-supported Turvey Park and Eastwood Park projects.

Physical Services is going up 1.89% from Approved 2018 Budget of $5,555,030 to Proposed 2019 of $5,798,508, an increase of $243,478 which is due to increases related to Lynhurst Phase 2, Hot Mix Paving Program, George Street (South side) Capital Works primarily tax-supported. work.


Last Updated: Monday, 18 March 2019 16:58:27 PM EST

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