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City accepts 2016 budget

November 26, 2015 -

Kingston's city council has reviewed and recommended a 2016 tax-supported operating budget of $348 million, a capital budget of $70 million and utility-related operating budgets of $94 million. The municipal operating budget incorporates a 2.5 per cent tax rate increase – one per cent of which is earmarked for infrastructure. The budget will go to council for final approval on Dec. 15.

"With this budget, City staff achieved the 2.5 per cent tax rate increase as directed by council. This tax rate meets our residents' demand for more service, and covers inflation and the one per cent to keep our buildings, roads, and other assets in good repair," says Desiree Kennedy, chief financial officer and City treasurer. 

Over the past three nights, council heard budget presentations from City of Kingston departments, Utilities Kingston and City-funded external agencies and boards.

From emergency services to culture and heritage, from roads and sidewalks to recreation centres, your property taxes support a wide-range of services that add to your quality-of-life.

To learn more about the City's budget, go to www.CityofKingston.ca/city-hall/budgets/faq.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality - - ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future.  Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

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Media contact: For more information contact Maureen Hyland, communications officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 1321, or call the communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.