2019 budget

Suburbs

2019 approved rate changes

The 2019 approved rate changes and impact to the average homeowner are calculated on a medium-sized single detached home valued at $309,000. The proposed rate changes are as follows:

  • Property tax increase is 2.3 per cent or $25 annually.
  • Water utility increase is 6.5 per cent or $78 annually.
  • Gas is reduced 0.93 per cent or $7 annually.

The total impact annually on the average household is $96.

Key dates & budget reports

Below are the key dates and detailed reports presented to council as part of the 2019 budget process.

For current meeting times and agendas, visit the online council calendar. A high-level summary of the 2019 budget's priorities and investments can be found here.

 

Approved budget documents

2019 Consolidated budget information

 

Strategic investments

The 2019 budget has identified four priority areas for strategic investment. For more information about these investments, the proposed operating and capital budgets describe these priority areas of investment in greater detail. Highlights include:

Road safety & cycling

- Installation of protected bike lanes (Belmont, Water, Queens) & Dutch roundabout

- Improvements to Iron Horse trail (Lighting and Trestle Bridge Replacement)

- Clearing snow in bike lanes

- Increase in resident-led traffic calming

Environmental sustainability

- Sustainability program to meet our GHG commitments

- Energy retrofit reserve to fund projects that have positive payback

- Smarter fleet investments (increase in use of Biodiesel)

- Urban Forest Strategy (Clearing the tree planting backlog and inspection program)

Improving customer service

- Improving the online customer service experience

- Alignment of resources to support a growing community

Maintaining & investing in infrastructure

- Rehabilitating City Hall outdoor spaces (Carl Zehr Square)

- Maintaining water, sewer, and gas utility infrastructure

- Moving ahead with Huron Brigadoon (Tartan Ave) Community Centre

 

Water Infrastructure Project

In 2018, Kitchener implemented a sustainable funding model for the city’s water, sanitary and stormwater infrastructure to ensure the safe delivery of these valued utilities. A multi-year initiative, 2018 investments approved through the Water Infrastructure Project (WIP) have already improved several key measures of water quality and proactive maintenance has reduced the risk of flooding in high-risk areas. The water utilities increase of 6.5 per cent is largely related to these investments, and is consistent with the forecast for 2019.

 

Breakdown of proposed utility rate increase

 

Utility

Regional Rate Increase

Capital

Maintenance

Other

Total Rate Increase

Water

1.7%

0.8%

0.6%

1.4%

4.5%

Sanitary

4.8%

2.3%

0.0%

0.9%

8.0%

Stormwater

0.0%

5.2%

2.1%

-0.1%

7.2%

Total

2.9%

2.1%

0.5%

1.0%

6.5%


In 2018, investments recommended by the WIP were already having an impact:

-          48% decrease in complaints related to discoloured water

-          Storm main repairs increased by 27 per cent

-          300 metric tonnes of sediment removed from catch basins

-          2,200 properties protected against backflow and cross-connection contamination

In 2019, WIP initiatives will include funding for:

·         Stormwater maintenance

·         Catchbasin/manhole repairs

·         Preventative flushing of sanitary mains

·         CCTV camera inspection of sewer laterals

·         Watermain cleaning

·         Water valve maintenance and replacement

·         Hydrant maintenance

 

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