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City accepts 2018 budget

November 30, 2017 -

Kingston's city council has reviewed and recommended a 2018 tax-supported operating budget of $378 million, a capital budget of $58 million and utility-related operating budgets of $95 million. The municipal operating budget incorporates a 2.5 per cent tax rate increase – one per cent of which is earmarked for capital infrastructure. Budget bylaws will go to council for final approval on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

The budget reflects council-endorsed strategic priorities within a 2.5 per cent tax rate increase target as directed by council.

"The budget provides for a number of continuing and new initiatives in response to residents' demand for enhanced services and programs. It also incorporates a dedicated one per cent increase for capital infrastructure investment to help maintain the City's infrastructure," 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.

Your property taxes pay for services like garbage pick-up, transit, road and bridge maintenance, policing, emergency services, libraries, museums, crossing-guards and more. The capital budget supports a variety of projects, including the ongoing rehabilitation and replacement of capital infrastructure and other capital priorities. 

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.