Column: December 17, 2015

City Council approves the 2016 Budget

On December 9, City Council approved the 2016 Operating & Capital Budgets for the City of Ottawa. This budget protects the long-term affordability of services for residents, while holding property taxes at 2 per cent. The proposed tax revenue increase is 1.75 per cent for City and Police services, which translates to a 2 per cent increase for residential property. This represents an increase of approximately $51 per year for a rural home assessed at $375,300.

I'd like to thank the residents of Ward 5 that provided their feedback and constructive ideas during the budget consultation process. Visit ottawa.ca/budget2016 for detailed information about the budget.

City looking for input on the permanent signs by-law

Residents are invited to provide input on a City of Ottawa discussion paper regarding changes to the Permanent Signs on Private Property By-Law No. 2005-439. This signage identifies buildings or properties, provides information about what businesses or services are available at particular locations, advertises goods or services or provides directional information. Visit ottawa.ca/permanentsigns to read the paper and to submit your feedback until Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Proposed recommendations for changes to the by-law will be circulated in February 2016. Committee and Council will consider a report and new by-law in June 2016.

Lock it Down!

With the holiday season upon us, the Ottawa Police Service is encouraging motorists to “Lock it Down” by keeping car doors locked and removing or hiding valuables such as shopping bags, electronic devices, spare change, etc. By taking simple measure, thefts from cars can be avoided.

Ottawa Police Officers are often seen in the community placing yellow “All Valuables Removed” cards on parked vehicles. This is a crime prevention initiative and the cards contain information on how to protect property by providing theft prevention tips, as well as important numbers to call if it happens to you. When this card is placed inside the vehicle, it advertises that you are a part of a crime prevention initiative and that there is nothing of value in the vehicle, thus assisting in deterring any potential victimization.

To obtain an “All Valuables Removed” card, contact your local Community Police Centre, visit www.ottawapolice.ca or stop into my ward office.