Whitchurch-Stouffville council approve the 2019 operating and capital budget

Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville council approved the 2019 operating and capital budget, of a combined total of $88.9 million, at the Feb. 26 council meeting.

Residents will see an estimated average 3.12 per cent blended tax increase on their residential taxes. Just over 33 per cent of the taxes Whitchurch-Stouffville residents pay go towards the town, with 44.6 per cent going to the Regional Municipality of York and 21.7 per cent going to the Ontario Ministry of Education.

“The 2019 budget is focused on the town’s commitment to living within our means while maintaining the utmost service excellence for our great community.” said Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt. “It is our responsibility to be fiscally responsible. Our residents deserve the best management and spending practices they can get. I feel this budget achieves that.”

The tax increase translates to an estimated increase in total property taxes of approximately $62 per year for an average detached, single-family residential house with an assessed value of $625,000.

“I am very proud of council and staff for coming together and working hard to ensure that taxes remain reasonable for residents. They made many tough decisions” added Lovatt. “The upcoming year will bring an improvement to services to help Whitchurch-Stouffville be the best municipality in York Region.”

Highlights of the 2019 operating budget include:

• Increased funding to enhance “19 on the Park” and the Library’s marketing initiatives.
• Increased funding to help the Town manage and service new developments being built throughout the municipality.
• Increased funding to help maintain our cemeteries.
• Improvements to the 24-hour fire protection services in Ballantrae with the hiring of four new firefighters.
• Enhanced special events programming including new staff.
• Increased internal efficiencies including the enhancement of Town computer systems.
• Over $1.3 million in operational savings used to defray costs all while continuing to bring residents exceptional service.

Highlights of the 2019 capital budget include:

• Over $6.3 million in funding of public works projects and initiatives, including the reconstruction or repair of over 10.4 km of roads including: Lloyd Street, Commercial Street, Mill Street, Library Lane, Raeview Drive, Thicketwood Drive, Blair Road, Aintree Drive, Cam Fella Blvd., and Service Road in the Community of Stouffville; and Bethesda Road, Vandorf Road, St. John’s Sideroad and Lakeshore Road in rural Whitchurch-Stouffville.
• Over $4.4 million in funding for water/wastewater investments.
• Over $1.7 million in funding for Leisure Service initiatives, including the relocation of the Lawn Bowling facilities.

Approximately $71 million was approved for the operating budget and $17.9 million for the capital budget. The town’s portion of the tax bill includes a 4.8 per cent tax levy increase. This levy includes a 3 percent contribution to capital reserves and 1.8 percent for day-to-day operating expenses. This translates to an average $31 per year increase of the town’s portion of a resident’s tax bill.

The 2019 operating and capital budget report and other supporting documents are available online at townofws.ca/budgets.

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