2019-22 Draft Budget

The draft operating and capital budgets for 2019-2022 have been released and are on Council agenda 2/25.  Ultimately Council will be approving only the budgets for 2019.   The capital for the recommended projects over the 4 years is $125.7 million.  Our draft operating budget is about $31 million for 2019 with a proposed net tax levy increase of 2.8% over 2018. As was the case for 2018, if the assessed value of your property increases more than 6.56 % you will see the local municipal portion of your tax bill to increase more than 2.8%.  If it increased less than 6.56% it will increase less and may decrease. I think it is very progressive that we are looking at 4 years as it will enable better planning of resources, both financial and people.

There will be formal presentation to Council on Monday 2.25; this is the 1st agenda items so if you want to hear the presentation  be there at 6.  A few individuals did attend the consultations on 2/20 and 2/21.  I benefited from hearing some of the questions asked by the residents. Glad they came; just with there had been more people.

Growth Plan Proposed Changes

On 2/25 Council agenda there is a staff report reviewing the proposed submission to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs as a response to proposed changes to several pieces of legislation including  the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe and several others. As I write this post there is much that I do not fully understand.  The potential changes are significant and may happen fairly quickly; hence I want to give you some comments.  You can do your own research and ask questions and/or submit comments on the Environmental Registry.

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Kettleby: a request for demolition

On 2/25 Council agenda there is a report recommending that Council give notice to designate a property at 446 Kettleby Road in Kettleby.  The report is lengthy which is appropriate given the importance of the issue.  As reviewed the Heritage Advisory Committee (HAC) of which I am a member has recommended designation.  This recommendation is in essence a response to the fact that the property owner has applied to demolish the property; upon consideration, including assessments by heritage professionals HAC determined that the property has cultural heritage value and meets the criteria of the Ontario Heritage Act for designation.  Here is the staff report and here are the numerous attachments to the report.

Its a very serious choice for Council.  As reviewed HAC is of the opinion that the property merits designation because of its contextual value, its historical value and its architectural design.  Per the Act designation requires only that one of these three criteria need to met; 446 Kettleby has value in all 3 categories to some degree.  Page 80 of 94 in the attachments elaborates on this but briefly:  i) The property is  important in defining and maintaining the character of the the historic hamlet.  ii) It was built in 1868. iii) It was occupied by one of the craftsmen in that early village, namely a carpenter.  As was typical of the time he lived and worked on his property but to clarify his workshop is no longer there. iv) Its vernacular architecture  is still very evident.

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Appreciating Our Volunteers

Nominations for formally recognizing individuals who are making a positive impact on our community are now being accepted. There are several categories of awards.  Here is the criteria.  For 2019 there has been a modification to the Special Recognition Award:  there is a new subcategory which allows for recognition of those who do not live within King Township but are enhancing the quality of our community with their volunteer efforts.  I am delighted that this change has been made as I know that there are people who are very active in community groups who do not live in King.  Nominations must be submitted by March 15.  Here is criteria and and here is the nomination form.

And…mark on your calendar that we will be celebrating those selected for the awards on Thursday, April 25.

Parking Permits: new option

Temporary on-street parking permits are now available for events such as overnight guests, deliveries, or driveway repairs.  Council approved the recommendation from Staff to introduce this service.  The permit is free.  Read here the scope of the permit e.g. how many will be issued in one year, necessity to abide by winter parking restrictions etc.