City council sets its 2019 to 2022 priorities - City council sets its 2019 to 2022 priorities
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null City council sets its 2019 to 2022 priorities
May 8, 2019 –
Council has endorsed the strategic priorities and implementation plan the City of Kingston will pursue from 2019 to 2022.
"Council has come together to support a great plan for our City for the next four years," says Mayor Bryan Paterson.
- Council's priorities are:
- Increase housing affordability
- Improve walkability, roads and transportation
- Demonstrate leadership on climate action
- Strengthen economic development opportunities
- Foster healthy citizens and vibrant spaces
Each of the priorities, initiatives and measurables is outlined in Addendum 3 attached to the May 7 agenda for the 2019-2022 Strategic Planning meeting and will be approved at the May 21 Council meeting.
"There are five important strategic priorities we are going to be working on, and we are going to work to reduce the annual property tax increase," adds Mayor Paterson. "There is lots of work to be done, but we're moving in the right direction."
Committment to Fiscal Responsibility
Council endorsed projected tax rate increases of 1.5 per cent in 2020, 1.4 per cent in 2021, 1.4 per cent in 2022 and 1.3 per cent in 2023 to support the city's annual operating budget.
Council also supported its continued investment in infrastructure, with an annual 1% tax increase dedicated to capital infrastructure projects.
Deferred Projects Make Room in Budget for Council Priorities
Council agreed to defer $57 million in forecasted capital work to refocus investment on strategic priorities, including housing affordability, improving walkability and transportation and climate action investments.
Deferred projects, which have plans and budgets associated with them, remain on City staff work plans beyond this term of Council. Staff have committed to exploring partnership and grant funding opportunities, and will bring these forward to Council as they become available.