2019 budget target approval highlights Whitby council meeting

Whitby’s 2019 budget target, including a 1.94 per cent increase as the Town’s impact on the total residential tax bill, was approved by council at their January meeting. The proposed budget will be released Feb 4., presented at the Committee of the Whole in a public meeting on Feb. 11, and receive final approval at a special council meeting Feb. 19.

More than 1,600 residents and businesses took part in the Town’s 2018 community survey presented at council. Through the survey, 91 per cent of residents reported the quality of life in Whitby as excellent or good; 81 per cent reported being proud to say they are from Whitby; 82 per cent report being satisfied or very satisfied with the Town’s customer service.

The Town has developed its first community engagement strategy to provide a framework for when, how and why the Town engages with the community. The strategy also defines what meaningful community engagement is to the Town and how it can continue to involve residents, businesses and community groups.

A new guide and terms of reference for the submission of important planning documents needed for all major development projects in Whitby were approved by Council. The documents will serve as a resource for developers and landowners to better understand the Town’s requirements for all major development projects.

More than 150 volunteers were appointed to support the over 15 boards and committees that advise Council on matters of importance, including diversity, active transportation, heritage, sustainability and accessibility.

Photo: Whitby Town Council

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