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City accepts 2017 budget

November 23, 2016 -

Kingston's city council has reviewed and recommended a 2017 tax-supported operating budget of $359 million, a capital budget of $43 million and utility-related operating budgets of $93 million. The municipal operating budget incorporates a 2.5 per cent tax rate increase – one per cent of which is earmarked for capital infrastructure. The budget will go to council for final approval on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

With this budget, City staff maintained a 2.5 per cent tax rate increase as directed by council.

"This budget incorporates inflationary impacts, strategic initiatives as set by council as well as a one per cent increase for capital infrastructure investment and enables us to meet residents' demand for continued and enhanced services", says Desiree Kennedy, chief financial officer and City treasurer. 

Over the past two 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 call the strategic communications department at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.