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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 11:15

Kawartha Conservation proposes 2.46% budget increase

Lindsay, ON – October 25, 2016 – Kawartha Conservation CAO Rob Messervey presented a draft budget to Kawartha Lakes council on Tuesday afternoon that recognizes the City’s fiscal challenges while meeting the requirements of the City’s recently-approved 2016-2019 Strategic Plan goals.

“In preparing this budget our staff and our board were very aware and respectful of the City’s financial challenges,” said Mr. Messervey. “We also recognized that the City, in their new Strategic Plan, placed a strong emphasis on creating and supporting a healthy environment and it was critical we recognized that in our proposed budget.    

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The proposed $1,447,637, 2017 budget represents a 2.46% increase over 2016, or $34,717.

“One of the City’s Top 10 Strategic Priorities identified in their Strategic Plan is to protect and enhance water quality,” explained Mr. Messervey. “We have developed a budget that not only meets that goal but leverages significant outside funding to provide a greater bang for the municipal buck.”

Mr. Messervey said it was critical, as a strong municipal partner, to bring forward a budget under 2.5%.

A message included in the 2016-2019 Strategic Plan from Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham and CAO Ron Taylor states the importance of the Plan to the future of the municipality.

“The Strategic Plan articulates our municipality’s strategic direction and community expectations, while prioritizing actions that our elected Council and administration will focus on in the immediate term,” reads the statement. “Our community has spoken, you have spoken, and we have listened; you want jobs, investment, growth, opportunity, a sustainable and healthy environment and an enhanced quality of life.”

“Our budget includes a number of projects, both long and short term, that support the City’s overall goals and objectives and benefit our entire watershed,” said Mr. Messervey. “As part of this budget we have been able to leverage $283,000 from outside sources to support the great work that our staff at Kawartha Conservation, in partnership with municipal staff and stakeholders, continue to do across the City and the entire watershed.”