Whitby Town Council approved a 2019 budget that is focused on managing the Town’s recent investments in strategic initiatives, infrastructure and staffing, while continuing to plan for the future.
“The 2019 budget is fiscally responsible and delivers on some of the key priorities identified within Council’s 2018 to 2022 Goals,” said Regional Councillor and Budget Chair Chris Leahy. The Town’s impact on the overall property tax bill is 1.94 per cent or $8.36 per month per household. The Town’s portion of the overall tax bill is approximately 33 per cent.
The 2019 budget includes facility and technology upgrades, a corporate strategic planning framework, redeveloping Town Hall into a community hub, creating local jobs and economic prosperity, building walkable, cycling-friendly neighbourhoods, redeveloping and reimagining parks, accelerating the pedestrian focus of the two historic downtowns, launching a new strategy aimed at making the Town’s community engagement more consistent, inclusive and easy, finalizing new sustainable development and urban design guidelines and realizing the economic, cultural and social potential of downtowns, waterfront, green spaces and major attractions.
The following capital investments are also included within the 2019 Budget: parks ($4.7M), recreation ($2.5M) and active transportation ($4.3M); fire and emergency services ($1.6M); roads and stormwater ($19.9M); facilities ($2.1M); communications and technology ($4.1M) and library ($1.1M).
The 2019 Budget is available online at whitby.ca/budget and in-person at Town Hall.