County completes 2018 budget

The Council of the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry completed its review of the draft 2018 budget estimates on Monday, December 4th, 2017, several months earlier than in previous years.

The comprehensive budget includes all direct County expenditures as well as the estimated cost of services provided to the County by the City of Cornwall, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, as well as other external service providers.

In 2018, several factors (positive and negative) influenced the budget. These included:

  • A reduction in policing costs of $345K, due in large part to positive reconciliations for the years 2015 and 2016 and an overall reduction in call volumes;
  • Strong new assessment growth across the County;
  • The loss of $236K in provincial funding through the OMPF, representing a decrease of 15% from 2017

Overall, the 2018 budget will generate approximately $46.3M in property tax revenue, representing an inflationary increase of about 1.8%, or $22 on the average residential property in SDG. In 2018, the average value of a residential property in SDG is $212,000.

For 2018, the County is making significant new investments in tourism marketing and Information Technology resources. These strategic investments further the County’s program to proactively market local attractions and provide better IT services to both the County and local SDG municipalities.

In 2018, the County will spend about $16.7M on capital road and bridge projects, successfully completing its 4-year capital plan. Planned road/bridge projects include:

North Dundas

  • SDG 3 from SDG 38 to Inkerman $294K
  • SDG 3 from north limit Winchester to Thompson Rd. $946K
  • SDG 3 from SDG 31 to west limits Winchester $308K
  • SDG 7 along boundary to curve to Marionville $238K
  • SDG 7 from Marionville to Gregoire St. $74K
  • SDG 31 from SDG 38/43 to Winchester Springs $1.292M
  • SDG 38 from SDG 31 to SDG 3 $954K
  • SDG 37 reconstruction, Chesterville $1.450M
  • Mountain Bridge rehabilitation $677K
  • Marionville Bridge rehabilitation $346K

South Dundas

  • SDG 8 from SDG 41 to SDG 28 $476K
  • SDG 31 from Williamsburg (south limit) to Tollgate Rd. $104K
  • SDG 4 at Mariatown $620K

North Stormont

  • Swale Bridge rehabilitation $840K
  • SDG 43 from Monkland to SDG 20 $1.293M
  • Berwick Bridge rehabilitation $510K
  • Crysler Bridge rehabilitation $1.550M
  • SDG 12 through Berwick $404K
  • SDG 22 design work $150K

South Stormont

  • SDG 44 from SDG 42 to South Glengarry boundary $691K
  • SDG 2, Long Sault $50K
  • SDG 36 from Simcoe St. to Woodland Villa $70K

North Glengarry

  • Maxville Storm sewer and paving $505K

South Glengarry

  • SDG 18 from St. Raphael’s to SDG 19 $442K
  • SDG 27 from SDG 19 to SDG 17 $588K
  • SDG 27 from SDG 17 to SDG 18 $195K
  • SDG 23 from Hwy. 401 to SDG 18 $1.713M