It is the Township's responsibility to prepare a budget that meets the needs of the community and ensures that all of our initiatives and priorities are addressed.​  

View staff's 2019 budget presentation to council.

For a visual depiction of some of the key 2019 Township Projects please view our 2019 Budget Story Map

2019 Budget 

Council has approved the 2019 Operating and Capital budgets, investing in the services that reflect the priorities of our residents and the future of Centre Wellington.  The 2019 proposed tax increase is 2.05% ($21.29) plus an increase to the bridge rebuilding levy equal to 2% ($20.76) for a total tax increase of 4.05% ($42.05) on the average assessment for a residential property of $372,746.


For the first time, the Township provided a 3-year operating forecast as part of the budget process. This forecast provided a high-level look at the Township’s anticipated tax-supported operating needs to 2021.


 2019 budget highlights:


  • Long-term water supply strategy implementation – Phase I well optimization
  • Long-term water supply strategy implementation – Phase II groundwater exploration
  • Elora fire station renovation/expansion
  • Rehabilitation of Fifth Line Bridge
  • Pier repointing and lighting on the Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge
  • Replacement of Fourth Line Bridge
  • Reconstruction of York and High Streets including underground services external to the Granwood development on the South-West side of Elora
  • Feasibility study for an Indoor Training Facility
  • Replacement of Splash Pad and play equipment and a new washroom in O’Brien Park
  • Continuation of the multi-year pavement management program to replace small sections of pavement
  • Installation of play equipment in Revell Park
  • Replacement of the Fergus Wastewater Treatment Plant secondary digester roof


As the Township grows and extends current levels of service to these new areas, there will be a need for staffing levels to increase.  The following positions were approved in the 2019 budget; 6 Volunteer Firefighters, a part-time Customer Service Representative, a Legislated Services Coordinator and a part time Digital Media Associate for Elora Fergus Tourism. 


The 2019 Budget also includes an investment of over $1.2M for our Rural Roads Rebuilding Program which enables the Township to add approximately 51,000 tonnes of maintenance gravel to 50% of the Township’s gravel network in addition to rebuilding the Eramosa/West Garafraxa Townline from Wellington Road 26 to Sixth Line.


The 2% bridge rebuilding levy has helped to rehabilitate or reconstruct 9 bridges in the last term of Council and is projected to rehabilitate or reconstruct 12 additional bridges in this term of Council (2018-2022). In addition the planning and approval process for these bridges is funded from the capital levy. In 2019 the following bridges will be reconstructed or rehabilitated at an estimated costs of $2.17 million;

  • Fourth Line bridge in former Pilkington will be replaced

  • Fifth Line bridge in former Eramosa will be rehabilitated

  • Victoria Street Pedestrian Bridge in Elora will have the piers repointed and new lighting

  • Design and approvals for the following bridges to be implemented in 2020

    • Sideroad 4 bridge in former Pilkington will be rehabilitated

    • First line bridge in former West Garafraxa will be rehabilitated

    • Third Line bridge in former Pilkington will be replaced

    • Middlebrook Place Boundary Road Culvert will be replaced. This is a joint project with the Township of Woolwich

    • Environmental Assessments for two bowstring bridges on First Line and Fifth Line in West Garafraxa are underway


Township of Centre Wellington 2019 Budget Document

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The Township collects the taxes for the County of Wellington and the Province of Ontario (Education Taxes).  They are broken down in the following way:



Historical Budget Documents (Past 5 Years)

Township of Centre Wellington 2018 Budget Document

Township of Centre Wellington 2017 Budget Document

Township of Centre Wellington 2016 Budget Document

Township of Centre Wellington 2015 Budget Document

Township of Centre Wellington 2014 Budget Document

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