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City Council approves 2014 budgets

December 18, 2013 -

Last night, City Council approved a 2014 municipal operating budget of $318 million, which incorporates a 2.5 per cent tax rate increase, as well as a municipal capital budget of $58 million and utility-related budgets of $103 million.

"For the second year in a row, we've managed to keep the tax rate increase at 2.5% - one of the lowest tax rates since amalgamation," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen "In passing this budget, we continue to invest in our community, in our people and in the services we depend on every day."

The 2014 budget addresses inflationary pressures, responds to increasing service demands and allocates 1 per cent to support revitalizing, building and enhancing local infrastructure. 

The budget continues to support the six priorities outlined in the City's 2011-2014 Strategic Plan:

  • Maintaining and enhancing infrastructure;
  • Enabling economic development;
  • Rejuvenating Brownfields;
  • Facilitating affordable housing;
  • Creating and protecting green spaces; and
  • Developing proactive community plans.

For more information on the City of Kingston's Strategic Plan 2011-2014 visit www.CityofKingston.ca/publications

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Communications Officer 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call the City of Kingston's media hotline at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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