Counties prioritize infrastructure renewal with 2022 budget

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The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry has approved, in principle, its 2022 budget, which focuses on infrastructure renewal throughout SDG.

Counties Council, at its January 24 meeting, put the final touches to the 2022 document, which sets the budget at $66 million. The budget means a 2.34 % increase for an average residential property in the Counties. Every $100,000 of assessment in SDG results in $589 on a Counties’ tax bill. In 2022, a typical SDG residential property assessment totals $222,750, a 0.5% increase compared to one year ago.

Total Counties taxation in 2022 is $52.3 million, an increase of nearly $1.6 million from 2021.

“Counties Council has agreed on a budget that addresses priorities around our vast inventory of infrastructure in SDG,” said Warden Carma Williams. “2022 represents an opportunity for the Counties to pivot from COVID-focused spending, to making improvements to our infrastructure that residents can see and appreciate.”

Some large-scale infrastructure projects that will be completed in 2022 include:

  • Road resurfacing (minimum of 48km) $11 million;
  • Pavement preservation activities, (micro-surfacing, crack sealing) $800,000;
  • Bridge rehabilitation activities (including $780,000 for Ferguson Bridge) $5 million;
  • Culvert repair and rehabilitation $1.4 million;
  • Preparatory activities for SDG 22 reconstruction (ongoing) $1 million to date.

“The Counties continues its focus on infrastructure renewal, both capital and maintenance,” said Counties CAO, Tim Simpson. “In 2022, nearly $29 million will be spent maintaining and renewing vital Counties infrastructure, notably an investment of nearly $6.5 million on bridges and large culverts. Our goal is to invest as much as possible in infrastructure, utilizing asset management, life-cycle costing, and capital preservation techniques, to maximize the utility of each dollar spent.”

The investment Counties ratepayers make via taxation continues to be the chief source of revenue for SDG.

“Consistent with most municipalities, SDG’s main source of revenue is property taxes,” said Financial Services Director, Rebecca Russell. “As funding declines, property taxes increase to support services. Taxation currently accounts for 80% of our total revenue.”

Council’s donation reserve will be used to fund a $50,000 request from Ronald McDonald House for Charity. A police surplus will fund $12,000 for the purchase of defibrillators to be used by local OPP.

Counties Council will officially set the 2022 budget by way of bylaws at its February meeting.

 

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