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.
2017 Operating Budget:
On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 Council approved the 2017 Operating budget at 1.89% local operating budget tax increase. A 2% dedicated capital levy that was approved by Council in December 2015 brings the 2017 tax increase to 3.89% ($37.09) on the Township's portion of the total tax bill.
For an average home assessed at $339,545, the taxes are allocated as follows:
- 56.8% ($2,183.58) supports the County of Wellington services and operations
- 27.1% ($1,041.55) supports the Township of Centre Wellington services and operations
- 16.1% ($620.65) supports the school boards
The 2017 operating budget aligned with the Township's five priorities that were set through the strategic plan, created in 2015 to guide Council and staff during this term. Highlights of the five priorities and decisions determined through the budget process include:
- A new Source Water Risk Management Inspector position, to be cost-shared between six lower tier municipalities in the County;
- An additional $55,000 toward gravel resurfacing and shoulder maintenance to remediate washouts and spring thaw impacts to improve the overall condition of roads;
- An additional $15,000 to expand celebrations in recognition of Canada's 150th anniversary;
- A new Urban Forest/Landscape Technician Project Manager within Community Services (3 year contract);
- A new Asset Management & Capital Project Manager within Environmental Services (3 year contract);
- Integrity Commissioner (Contract to be possibly shared with the County and other municipalities);
- An additional $20,000 for Economic Development marketing; and,
- Staff have been directed to develop a bylaw enforcement strategy for implementation in the 2018 operating budget
The dedicated 2% capital levy continues to supports Council's priority to replace or reconstruct 8 bridges in this term of Council.
2017 Capital Budget:
On Monday, November 28, 2016 Council endorsed the 2017 capital budget. The capital budget represents a significant portion of the total dollars spent by the Township in any given year.
Highlights of the 2017 capital budget include:
- Replacement of three structures including the Side Road 20 bridge, Seventh Line bridge and Fourth Line bridge
- Reconstruction of Side Road 20 from Fifth Line to the Sixth Line
- Reconstruction of First Line from Side Road 10 to Municipal address #6641
- Reconstruction of Colborne St. in Elora from Geddes St. to North Queen St.
- Reconstruction of Princess St. in Elora from Church St. to the Grand River
- Development of a long-term water supply master plan over three years
- Development of a transportation master plan
- An update to the Township's parks, recreation and culture master plan
- Synchronization of traffic signals on the connecting link (Highway 6) through Fergus
- Drainage improvements to the trunk storm outlet from Moir St. to the Gorge in Elora
- Design and approvals in preparation for the replacement of the St. David St. bridge in 2018
- Watermain replacement on Wellington Dr. from Cuthbert St. to Cuthbert St. in Elora
- Replacement of the roof above Pad A at the CW Community Sportsplex
- Convert space to soccer fields and expansion of the parking lot at Forfar Park
- Upgrade various parks and recreation facilities for accessibility
- Continuation of a multi-year pavement management program to replace small sections of pavement
- Proactive remediation on Township bridges to extend their useful life
- Upgrading the Fergus Grand Theatre for accessibility including the front lobby and washroom
Township of Centre Wellington 2016 Budget Document
Paper copies will be available on request, by contacting Mark Bradey, Financial Manager/ Deputy Treasurer at 519-846-9691 ext. 223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.