Council approves 2022 budget that focuses on significant investments and continued impacts of COVID-19

Posted On Monday December 20, 2021

CENTRE WELLINGTON – Township has approved its 2022 budget. The?approved tax rate increase?of?2.16?per cent translates to an increase of $27 on the annual tax bill for the average residential property assessed at $381,095.  

The 2022 budget continues to build on council’s approved goals outlined in the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan

  • Good Financial Management
  • Good Government
  • Safe & Well-Maintained Roads & Infrastructure
  • Healthy Growth
  • Strong Local Economy
  • Active & Caring Community 

“This year continued to be a challenging one for our businesses and residents due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic” said Mayor Kelly Linton.  “Our 2022 Budget demonstrates our unwavering commitment to investing your tax dollars in what matters most to you. Repeatedly, you have told us to focus our spending on rebuilding our roads, bridges and parks and to continue to provide essential services to our community. That is what we have done. Thanks to our Township staff for once again providing Council with excellent information enabling us to approve a budget that will make life measurably better for Centre Wellington residents and businesses.”

This budget responds to community needs. Council is investing in Arts, Culture & Heritage, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to better reflect our community’s diversity and address needs. Additionally, a continuation in the long-term plan for sustainably funding the needs of roads, bridges, and transportation infrastructure.

Key investment priorities of the 2022 budget:

  • An approved policy that allocates 5% of OLG Funds received in 2021 to an Arts Culture and Heritage Reserve Fund.  It is anticipated that up to $61,000 will be available for Council to allocate. 
  • allocate $80,000 to support education initiatives and actions in 2022 regarding diversity, equity & inclusivity, and indigenous reconciliation. 
  • Replacement of the First Line bridge (24 WG)
  • Full reconstruction of St. George Street East from Herrick Street to Gartshore Street
  • Full reconstruction of Moir Street from Geddes Street to Princess Street
  • Paving of Eighth Line East from Wellington Road 21 to Sideroad 10
  • Final design and construction commencement for the Corporate Operations Facility
  • Budgeted an additional $140,000 toward the Termite Management Program, for a combined amount of $200,000 available in 2022

For more information on the 2022 budget process, please visit www.connectcw.ca
 

Kendra Martin  | Communications Coordinator

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