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City and Utilities Kingston 2016 budgets presented to council next week

November 20, 2015 -

On Monday, Nov. 23, City of Kingston departments, Utilities Kingston and City-funded external agencies and boards begin their 2016 budget presentations to city council.

"Earlier this year council established our strategic priorities and set a target tax rate increase of 2.5 per cent to guide our term," said Mayor Bryan Paterson. "Starting Monday evening, City staff will present council with a budget that achieves our target tax rate, allows us to make progress on our priorities in 2016, maintain current service levels and invest in our future by continuing to earmark 1 per cent of that increase for infrastructure."

Council will be presented with a 2016 tax-supported operating budget of $348 million, which incorporates a 2.5 per cent tax rate increase, a capital budget of $68 million and utility-related operating budgets of $94 million.

The 2016 recommended budgets represent the final stage in the City's annual planning process which translates council priorities into budget estimates. Council will hear presentations from city departments and agencies over three nights:

  • Nov. 23, 6 p.m. – Utilities Kingston, municipal budget overview and City department presentations
  • Nov. 24, 6 p.m. – City department and external agency/board presentations followed by budget deliberations
  • Nov. 25, 6 p.m. – Deliberations (if required)

The presentations and deliberations will be in Council Chambers and are open to the public. The City will be tweeting live from the budget meetings using #ygkbudget.

For more on the City's budget and financials, visit: www.CityofKingston.ca/budget.

See Kingston's Strategic Plan 2015-2018 at: www.CityofKingston.ca/apps/councilpriorities/

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.