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2021 Budget - 1.77% increase; significant investments in outdoor spaces and infrastructure

Posted: May 12, 2021

 
2021 Budget - 1.77% increase;
significant investments in outdoor spaces and infrastructure


 

BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS
  • Municipal tax increase of 1.77% - increase of $33.07 on average home
  • Four year municipal tax average - decrease of 0.11%
  • Municipal mill rate - 8.470
  • Tax due date - September 30

This year, East St. Paul Council has delivered a budget which will see a municipal tax increase of 1.77%. This means a home assessed at $500,000 will see an increase of $33.07 on the municipal portion of their taxes. Over the past four years, East St. Paul’s municipal tax average is a decrease of 0.11%.

This does not include any changes to school taxes which make up 60% of the residential tax bill and are determined by the River East Transcona School Division.

Property taxes are calculated based on the assessed value of your property. Every two years, the Province of Manitoba reassesses property values; the last reassessment was in 2020.

"This year, the budget was deliberated with the full scope of a pandemic experienced and ongoing, and many of the decisions made by Council are so reflected,” stated Mayor Shelley Hart. "With the increased use of our outdoor spaces and amenities, Council wanted to enhance and support these community assets.”

This budget includes $8.8M in capital expenditures. Last year, the RM planned for a $5.2M spend but was not able to complete all the planned projects; these have been carried over to 2021.

Some of the highlights in this year’s budget include:

  • a new LED message board on Birds Hill Road in front of the RM building ($65K)

  • upgrades to the arena lobby, washrooms and doors ($450K)

  • installation of a play structure for the By The Park subdivision ($65K)

  • various park improvements ($185K)

  • demolition of the old public works building

  • a permanent household hazardous waste depot at the waste transfer station ($150K)

  • increase in regular by-law enforcement from 4 to 5 days a week and the addition of weekend visibility patrols from May to September

  • installation of five solar crosswalks and the addition of crosswalk side pillar flashing lights on Hoddinott Road at Manlius and Raleigh crosswalks ($102K)

  • asphalt overlay of Hoddinott Road sidewalk from curling club to Birds Hill School

  • upgrade basketball courts (at the skateboard park) with a surface upgrade and replacement of pole/net/backboards

  • replace banners along Hoddinott sidewalk and Birds Hill Road

  • additional trees along the Marconi Trail ($50K)

  • Marconi Trail installation of rest stops, trail and community interpretive signs, natural landscaping, etc. ($149K)

  • soccer/baseball complex irrigation and security ($45K)

  • installation of ten floating wetlands in two ponds (Eagle Creek pond 1 and By the Park), that take up nutrients and contaminants improving water quality. This project is in partnership with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

  • Swistun Park improvements including native plants, wildflowers, 100+ trees, additional gravel to pathway loop, more geese-away lights, and an additional aeration system ($92,500)

  • upgrade of the programmable logic controllers for the RMs water distribution system ($800K)

  • completion of the wastewater treatment plant project design ($205K)

  • construction of the water looping project crossing PTH 101 for the Countryside Crossing subdivision ($1.7M)

  • Bray Road water feasibility study ($200K)

  • Well pump 10 development ($300K)

  • water treatment plant distribution line twinning ($450K)

  • Wallace Avenue land drainage sewer installation

This year’s road and sidewalk works program is investing $1.6 million in numerous concrete reconstruction and asphalt overlay projects throughout the RM on a priority basis. This will include approximately 2,500 m of roadworks and related drainage works, as well as sidewalk improvements along Hoddinott Road and Eagle Creek Drive. In 2021, improvements are planned on the following roadways:
  • Eagle Creek Drive

  • Old Orchard Road

  • Woodstone Drive

  • Southlands Drive

  • Wallace Avenue

  • Tartan Way

Prioritization, planning and survey work for the 2022 roadworks program will also be undertaken.


Strong Reserves

A key priority of Council has been ensuring a strong reserve fund for capital expenditures. In 2015, the RM’s general reserve balance was $9.3M. This year, the reserve balance is $17.4M, up $332K from 2020.

Council has ensured a healthy reserve is in place for large capital expenditures such as the upgrades required to our wastewater treatment plant which was originally constructed in the 1980s.

This is a major capital project with early cost estimates of $20M. The RM has applied for a $12.4M grant for this project, but a healthy reserve is critical so that the RM can pay for these projects without incurring significant debt.

The tax due date this year is Thursday, September 30, 2021.

To view the financial plan PowerPoint presentation, click HERE.

 

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