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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.

“While more work needs to be done, I am pleased that millions more will be invested in east end communities,” says Councillor Blais. “The east end continues to get its fair share and I’m proud that we are investing in the quality of life of our neighbours.”

The Draft Budget 2016 will help to reshape and address our local infrastructure needs: $5.2M for a new Ottawa East Fire Station; and $5M for Francois Dupuis Recreation Centre Expansion. There will also be major key investments to existing rural infrastructure; approximately $3.9M for over 35 severely needed drainage projects.

“Our goal of keeping Ottawa affordable for families is paramount and at the forefront of everything we do as a government,” adds Councillor Blais. “Residents can be confident that we are committed to a balance between being fiscally prudent while delivering investments to infrastructure and the services they use.”

The proposed tax revenue change is a 2 per cent increase for a residential property. This represents an increase of approximately $72 per year for an urban home assessed at $375,300 and $56 per year for a rural home assessed at $375,300.

Budget 2016 also includes a freeze on garbage fees for the fourth consecutive year and affordable changes to recreation programs after 5 straight years of freezes.

“Residents have told me that recreational investments are a priority for them and their families,” adds Councillor Blais. “In 2016 we’ll replace aging play equipment in parks, build new parks, expand recreation opportunities and make needed improvements to several east end recreation facilities and community centres.”

To review more details on the 2016 budget click here.