Column: Feb. 12, 2015

Budget 2015

The draft City Budget 2015 has now been tabled. It limits the increase in the municipal portion of the property tax bill to no more than 2 per cent, an increase of approximately $55 per year for a rural home assessed at $355,000. Some Ward 5 areas of note contained in the draft document are:

  • $1.17 million for Ward 5 rural road upgrades and operational improvements
  • $1.01 million for Ward 5 road preservation treatments
  • $5.02 million for the following Ward 5 road resurfacing projects:
    • Kinburn Side Rd. west of Highway 17 to west of Donald B. Munro
    • Kinburn Side Rd. east of Loggers Way to west of Woodkilton Rd.
    • Richardson Side Rd. from Beavertail Rd. to Carp Rd.
    • Old Almonte Rd. from Beavertail Rd. to Corkery Rd.
  • $75,000 for Woodkilton Rd. bridge
  • $844,000 for the Anderson Rd. bridge
  • $1.63 million for Constance Bay low point drainage improvements
  • $84,000 for Ottawa Rd. 29 culvert
  • $100,000 for the Diamondview Rd. culvert phase 1
  • $85,000 to replace fire alarm panel at the West Carleton Community Complex
  • $170,000 for the Carp, Constance Bay and Fitzroy libraries for the RFID project
  • $35,000 for equipment and furniture for the Constance Bay branch of the Ottawa Public Library

To have your say, please attend my Ward 5 public consultation on February 25, 7-9pm, 5670 Carp Road. As well, residents can make five-minute presentations to the upcoming Standing Committees, Boards and Commissions at their budget review meetings. Visit ottawa.ca/budget2015 to register to speak and to view the draft budget in its entirety.

Family Day schedule changes

There will be schedule changes to some city services for Family Day on Monday, February 16. Of note, there will be no curbside, green bin, recycling or garbage collection on Family Day. Family Day’s pick-up will take place on Tuesday, February 17. The collection of green bin, garbage and recycling materials will be delayed by one day for the entire week. Visit ottawa.ca for a complete listing of all schedule changes.