24 Jan

County’s proposed 2020 budgets and 2020-2024 forecasts now available online

Picton, ON – The County of Prince Edward’s proposed 2020 budgets and 2020-2024 financial forecasts are now available on the municipal website.

Click here to view the budget document

Council will begin deliberating and making final decisions on the 2020 proposed budgets on Tuesday, January 28 at 5 pm. Additional meetings are scheduled for January 29-31.

The total proposed 2020 operating budget is $56.9 million. This amount is offset by revenue from various sources (e.g. grants, fees) totalling $18.6 million. Property taxes funds the operating budget amount ($38.2 million) not covered by these revenues. In keeping with Council’s directive to find operational efficiencies, the proposed 2020 net operating budget of $38.2 million is $245,825 less than the 2019 budget (-0.6 per cent).

The total proposed 2020 capital budget is $12.1 million. The capital budget is funded primarily from various reserves and reserve funds ($9.8 million) with the balance funded by grants ($0.9 million) and debt servicing ($1.4 million).

Prior to Council’s final decisions, the staff-recommended budget would have an overall impact of a 0.64 per cent decrease on the 2020 residential property tax bill.

The proposed 2020 budget keeps County services operating at the current level including:

Roads – Ensuring motor vehicles, pedestrians, and bike traffic keep moving on 2,112 lane kilometres of road and approximately 55 kilometres of sidewalks.

Fire and Emergency Response – Responded to 575 calls in 2019 including 38 fires, 175 medical assists, 45 vehicle accidents, and 150 false alarms. Completed 283 fire inspections in 2019 and oversaw the annual certification of 23 vulnerable occupancies.

Parks, fields and trails – Maintaining 21 playgrounds, 8 ball fields, 3 soccer fields, 5 multi-sport courts, 48 kilometres of trails, and 13 gazebos and shelters.

Community centres – Operates and maintains two arenas and other assets, which supported 119 events, 31 of which are annual events significant to the community.

Water and wastewater budgets

The water and wastewater operating and capital budgets are funded entirely by user rates and connection charges. The municipality operates six drinking water systems and two wastewater treatment plants.

The proposed 2020 water operating budget is $4.2 million. The proposed 2020 wastewater operating budget is $4.5 million.

The combined water and wastewater capital budget is $36.8 million.

Following the first budget meeting on Tuesday, January 28, Council is scheduled to continue its deliberations from January 29-31. The meetings will begin at 9 am each day. Please note: the meeting schedule is subject to change. Visit the County website for the most up-to-date schedule.

Learn more about the proposed 2020 budget and what it means to you as a taxpayer:

• Visit the County website to view the budget documents
• Read the budget context report prepared by Marcia Wallace, Chief Administrative Officer
• View the budget overview presentation prepared by Amanda Carter, Director of Finance
• Attend the Council deliberations at Shire Hall (280 Picton Main Street) or watch the meetings live online.

If you have questions or comments, please email Ms. Carter at acarter@pecounty.on.ca.

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For media inquiries, please contact Mark Kerr, Media and Communications Coordinator, at 613.476.2148 ext. 1009 or by email at mkerr@pecounty.on.ca