Cumberland emerges victorious in 2017 Budget

Roads, recreation, and transit receive boost

Cumberland City Councillor and chair of the Transit Commission Stephen Blais is pleased to announce that residents of Orléans & Cumberland will see huge benefits from the Ottawa Budget 2017

“We are making significant investments in Orléans and in our rural communities without the huge tax increases of the past,” says Councillor Blais. “This marks another successful year of investment in the East-End as we continue to strengthen our community.”

Budget 2016


Budget 2016 Demonstrates Sound Fiscal Management

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais is proud to announce that for the fifth straight year, Orléans & Cumberland residents will receive its fair share in the tabled Ottawa Budget 2016. Budget 2016 continues our commitment to strong fiscal management that provides for significant new investments while ensuring Ottawa remains an affordable City to live and work.

Budget 2015

Momentum Continues for Cumberland Ward in Budget 2015

-- Recreation and Roads major focus of investments --

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais is proud to announce that Orléans & Cumberland residents are winning big in Ottawa Budget 2015. Budget 2015 includes more than $20 million in new investments to support our growing community while bringing in the lowest tax change in eight years.

Budget 2012

When I sought to represent my family, friends, neighbours and residents, I recalled a line from Scripture that says, "And let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season, we shall reap, if we faint not."

I am pleased to report that Ottawa’s property taxes will not rise above the rate of inflation for the second straight year. In fact, this year’s increase of 2.39% is lower than last year’s rate of 2.45%. Keeping taxes below the rate of inflation is important because of the many stories I heard on the campaign trail that seniors were leaving their homes due to previous Council’s hikes of 4.9% in 2008; 4.9% in 2009 and 3.9% in 2010.

City won't pay for wire burial

The city can't continue to offer neighbourhoods a special tax to pay for city programs.

That's the word from Capital Coun. David Chernushenko. "My concern is we're really starting to levy-ize the way we do politics," he said Tuesday.

A special tax would be one option to pay for the burial of overhead hydro wires along Bank St. in the Glebe. Some businesses and residents want the wire put underground to clean up the streetscape.

But staff say the city can't afford the burial projects.

It would cost between $2 million and $5 million for each kilometre.

City cuts slew of technology programs

Which projects are shelved remains unknown to councillors, public

The city's technology department has shelved more than half of the projects it had in the works as recently as last year, but most people still don't know which ones ended up cancelled.

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