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 for add approximately 56,800 tonnes of maintenance gravel to 30% (64 km) of the Township’s gravel road 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
View staff's 2019 budget presentation to council.