Leamington Council approves budget for 2018

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Leamington, ON December 15, 2017 —  As a result of budget deliberations Tuesday December 12 and Wednesday December 13, 2017, Leamington Town Council approved the proposed 2018 municipal budget with a 1.8% increase to the municipal levy. 

The 2018 budget includes $29.5 million in capital infrastructure projects, which is similar to the 2017 approved budget. “This year’s budget is a sustainable & responsible budget that will provide and enhance services to the Municipality of Leamington.” notes Mayor John Paterson. “Our goal is to improve the quality of life for our residents. We will see significant investment throughout our community, while also maintaining healthy reserves of $54M.”

Noteworthy projects for the year include a continued investment in the Pelee Drive/Bevel Line sanitary sewer project, as well as sewer separation along Erie Street South.  The creation of cycling lanes along Seacliff Drive (County Rd 20) speaks to the importance of recognizing the role that active transportation plays in our community. 

In addition to infrastructure, the 2018 budget will also include attention to Mill Street revitalization and various improvements along Leamington’s waterfront and parks, as well as community concerts and programming at the Amphitheatre at Seacliff Park.

Based on the 1.8% increase of municipal tax paid, homeowners in Leamington would see an estimated increase of $36.39 for an urban home assessed at $175,000. This amount will vary depending on the property’s most recent assessed value.

The final 2018 budget will be available to view online at www.leamington.ca