Budget 2022 ’embraces pandemic recovery’, service delivery and programming
Kingston City Council concluded budget deliberations on the evening of Thursday, November 25, 2021 by approving proposed operating and capital budgets for 2022. These budgets will enable City staff to deliver services and support. quality programs to residents and continue to invest in council priority areas, according to a press release.
The council met around the virtual horseshoe for three consecutive nights to hear presentations from partner agencies and City departments and to deliberate on the operating and investment budgets for 2022. The result of these efforts is a financial plan that encompasses the continued resumption of the pandemic and the ongoing transition of city services to pre-pandemic levels, the statement said.
“As we continue to experience the impacts of the pandemic on our operating budgets, the approved operating and capital budgets for 2022 will support the delivery of quality services and programs to our residents and advance all of the strategic priorities of the Board, ”said Desiree Kennedy, Chief Financial Officer and City Treasurer.
Council voted to approve the operating and capital budgets for 2022. The City said the operating budget of more than $ 400 million for 2022 provides for a municipal tax increase of 1.1%, well below of the current inflation rate, plus 1% additional capital levy. The 1% capital levy will help fund a capital budget of $ 70 million, allowing continued investment in the city’s fixed assets without the need for additional debt, the statement said.
The municipal tax increase in 2022 equates to an impact of $ 75 on an average residential property, the city said. The final budget statements are expected to be presented to Council for three readings at the December 21 Council meeting.
The City shared what is included in the 2022 budgets:
- Demonstrated leadership in climate action, including additional costs to electrify bus replacements and the gradual implementation of a green standard community improvement plan.
- Increased housing affordability, including continued investment in affordable housing, implementation of actions and recommendations from the updated 10-year housing and homelessness plan and the Mayor’s Housing Task Force, and additional funding to support housing and rent supplement programs.
- Improved walking, roads and transport, including the expansion of transit service in the western part of the city and the implementation of the red light camera program.
- Strengthening economic development opportunities, including investment in expanding employment land inventory.
- Promote healthy citizens and dynamic spaces, including the opening of the new East End Community Center, increasing daily care hours for residents of Rideaucrest Home, funds to support the recruitment of family physicians, and investment in preserving Kingston’s cultural heritage and a growing portfolio of Indigenous initiatives.
The City said Council also approved a separate levy for funding hospitals, equivalent to a 1% increase for 2022 or a $ 36 impact on an average residential property. The tax will provide an annual contribution of $ 2.5 million to the expansion of the Kingston Health Sciences Center and the renewal fundraising campaign over the next 10 years, the statement said.
In 2020, council approved the removal of services managed by the County of Frontenac from the municipal budget forecast. The City’s share of these services will be funded as a separate component of the City’s property tax billing, based on the annual demand received from the county.
Interested in more information?
“It’s your budget, and it was built with your feedback in mind,” Kennedy said. Earlier this year, the City asked residents for input to help shape the 2022 budgets. More than 500 people took the time to get involved. Find out what City staff heard by watching this short video.
Check out the 2022 Operating and Capital Budget documents on the city’s website and watch the proceedings live on the Kingston City Council YouTube channel.