Ottawa 2022 Budget Approved With 3% Increase In Property Taxes And 2.5% Increase In Transit Fare – Ottawa | The Canadian News

Ottawa residents will see their property tax bills rise to the standard three percent in the new year and transit users will eventually pay more in 2022 as well, despite efforts by some councilors to find a rate freeze.

The Ottawa city council voted 16-8 in favor of the $ 4.14 billion budget plan after a 10-hour marathon meeting on Wednesday.

The increase will result in property tax bills increasing by $ 119 for the average urban homeowner, $ 91 for rural homeowners, and $ 242 for the typical commercial homeowner in 2022.

Capital spending on Ottawa’s roads, bridges and other major infrastructure is projected to reach $ 989 million in 2022, a jump of $ 209 million from current year’s levels. Spending on highway renovation will roughly double in 2022 to $ 133.3 million.

The Ottawa Police Service’s budget received a two percent increase in its tax, prompting some consternation among councilors who thought the increase was too much or too small.

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Transit fares will increase 2.5 percent in 2022, but not immediately: Costs for passengers will be frozen until the month after the Rideau Transit Group gets the full 15 trains on the Confederation Line.

“People want stability and predictability,” Jim Watson told reporters after the city council, noting that this was the 12th budget he had passed as mayor with his promised three percent tax increase.

Watson also highlighted the risks that rising inflation will further hit taxpayers’ wallets in the new year.

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Watson criticized some motions that were presented Wednesday that proposed diving into the city’s reserves or taking on new spending without finding compensation elsewhere in the budget.

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Somerset County. Catherine McKenney had two major motions, one seeking to shift the transit fee increase to the property tax base and another to use $ 9 million of the federal gasoline tax on projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. in the city, which were not included in the budget. .

The gasoline tax proposal was deferred to the second quarter of 2022, while another motion asked staff to explore the impact of shifting more of the revenue stream from transit fees to the tax base.

But delaying and putting off bold ideas was not enough for the Somerset Borough Councilor.

“I will tell you what we are looking for in this city. We seek action on the climate. … We are asking for transportation that is affordable for people who need to ride it, ”McKenney said.

“We want equity in our city, we want a city built for everyone, that takes care of people’s needs. This budget is not close to him. This is probably the worst budget we’ve seen, at least in the eight years I’ve been on the board. “

The final vote on the 2022 budget was as follows:

  • Orleans Coun. Matt Luloff – Yes
  • South Kanata County. Allan Hubley – Yes
  • Rideau-Rockcliffe Coun. King Rawlson – No
  • Alta Vista County. Jean Cloutier – Yes
  • Coun River. Riley Brockington – Yes
  • Knoxdale-Merivale Coun. Keith Egli – Yes
  • Kanata North County. Cathy Curry – Yes
  • Beacon Hill-Cyrville County. Tim Tierney – Yes
  • Stittsville Coun. Glen Gower – Yes
  • Gloucester-Southgate County. Diane Deans – No
  • Rideau-Goulbourn Coun. Scott Moffatt – Yes
  • West Carleton-March Coun. Eli El-Chatiry – Yes
  • Capital Coun. Shawn Menard – No
  • College Coun. Rick Chiarelli – No
  • Somerset County. Catherine McKenney – No
  • Barrhaven Coun. Jan Harder – Yes
  • Earl of Kitchissippi. Jeff Leiper – No
  • Innes Coun. Laura Dudas – Yes
  • Bay Coun. Theresa Kavanagh – No
  • Gloucester-South Nepean County. Carol Anne Meehan – Yes
  • Cumberland Coun. Catherine Kitts – Yes
  • Rideau-Vanier Coun. Mathieu Fleury – No
  • Osgoode Coun. George Darouze – Yes
  • Mayor Jim Watson – Yes

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