The 2018 draft budget continues our efforts to keep tax changes under control allowing families to better budget to meet the growing demands of modern life.
The draft budget includes more than $125 million in capital funding to support the renewal of existing City assets including buildings, roads, bridges and sidewalks, an increase of $10.5 million.
The budget increases spending for pothole repairs by $600,000, bringing the total spent on asphalt repairs to $8 million. Road resurfacing spending increases by 17%, or $5.6 million, reaching $39.2 million for the year.
Draft Budget 2018 includes $68.3 million for winter operations, an increase of $2.3 million.
Moreover, this year’s budget will see some important investments in Orléans and Cumberland to improve commuting, enhance parks & recreation and improve our quality of life.
Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais is pleased to announce he has successfully secured the funds to install a new Pedestrian Crossover, known as a PXO, where Henn exits onto Colonial.
"We've been working hard to find a solution to the need to cross Colonial to be able to use the sidewalk to walk to school," says Blais. "The new PXO will make it safer for all predestrians, especially children, to cross Colonial."
Construction is complete for the extension of Brian Coburn Boulevard, which connects Mer Bleue Road to Navan Road, and the roadway is now open to residents.
In March 2016, work began on the new two-lane roadway, which spans 2.5 kilometres and includes:
Stephen Blais leans over the handlebars of his bike and looks to the south, where a crew of construction workers is turning a strip of grass along a hydro corridor in the Avalon subdivision into a new multi-use path.
Joggers, cyclists, in-line skaters, dog walkers and folks out for an evening stroll will soon be able to choose it to get from Innes Road to the southern edge of Ottawa’s urban boundary without stepping foot on a busy arterial road.