|ITEM # and DESCRIPTION_||IREK VOTED||COUNCIL VOTED||TYPE OF ITEM|
|11.1 2017 Operating Budget||Yes||2-8||Presentation|
|11.3 2017 5-Year Capital Budget||Yes||10-0||Presentation|
|7.2 2016 Flooding Event debrief||Yes||10-0||Presentation|
|11.2 2017 Sewer Surcharge update||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.4 Recycling in city facilities||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.5 Bulk item collection||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.6 Rodent extermination program||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.7 Post traumatic stress disorder legislation||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.8 City Wide WPFFA retirees and survivor benefits||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.9 Weekly free admission day for museum – maintain status quo||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.10 2017 Operating budget for WECHC||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.11 – Municipal poverty reduction initiatives||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.12 Facilities master plan||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.13 Road Quality Assurance investment||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.14 Dougall Avenue Two-Way conversion report||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.15 Dougall Two-Way conversion||No||3-7||Regular|
|11.16 Central Box||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.17 Grand Marais Drain update||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.18 Operation review of 311/211||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.19 School neighbourhood policy||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.20 Norman Road sewers||Yes||10-0||Regular|
|11.21 Lighting on South National Street||Yes||10-0||Regular|
Item 11.1 & Item 11.3: 2017 Operating Budget & 2017 Five-Year Capital Budget
The Mayor and City Council delivered an Operating and Capital Budget for 2017 that includes a 1.73 per cent increase to the tax levy.
This includes increases to so-called independent Agencies, Boards and Committees (ABCs) – such as Windsor Essex County Health Unit, EMS, Essex Regional Conservation Authority etc. – of about $3 million over which City Council has no direct control.
Despite the increases from the ABCs plus significant inflationary pressures – for example, about $2 million more in hydro expenses than the year before – the 2017 tax levy is actually lower than the 2008 tax levy.
To put that into perspective – since 2008, the total tax levy for 23 cities across Ontario has gone up on average by 23 per cent.
Windsor’s tax levy has actually gone down by 5 per cent.
Some highlights for Windsor and Ward 7:
- Funding to prioritize completion of Sanitary and Storm Water Master Plan in 2018 rather than the originally planned 2020.
- Funding for review of capacity at Pontiac Pumping Station at Little River Pollution Control Plant
- Funding for hiring technicians that will expedite applications/inspections for Basement Flood Protection Subsidy Program
- Funding for continuation of Basement Flood Protection Subsidy Program
- Rat Control program will be reinstated as a free service
- Funding for hiring a Quality Assurance Technician for road construction and road asphalt
- Cat voucher program will be maintained
- Additional building inspectors hired to reduce backlog of property standards complaints
- Bulk collection pick up with be an option for residents
- Workplace initiative for persons with disabilities will be maintained
- Funding for splash pad at Forest Glade Community Centre in 2020
I vote “No” on the following:
- A $50,000 increase to the marketing budget for Adventure Bay
I voted “Yes” but City Council voted “No” on the following:
- Tennis Court rehab and maintenance program
- Park Bench maintenance program
- Park and bicycle trails maintenance program
- In-Land water rescue from Windsor Fire Service
The Enhanced Capital Budget will provide $400,000 for the following two projects:
- $200,000 to rebuild the basketball court at Forest Glade Community Centre
- $200,000 to begin engineering work for the Mulberry/Banwell roundabout as designed in the Banwell Road Environmental Assessment.
The projects that were submitted for the Enhanced Capital Budget for Ward7 included but not supported by Mayor and City Council:
- $2.64 million for Banwell Road reconstruct
- $600,000 for road repairs in Ward 7 – roads to be determined by City Engineer
- $300,000 for accessible playground