For Immediate Release
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
NORTH HURON COUNCIL APPROVES 2011 BUDGET
The Township of North Huron Council passed the 2011 Budget at their Council meeting last night. Before the meeting, North Huron’s Director of Finance, Donna White, gave a detailed budget presentation to local residents that outlined specific revenue sources and key expenditures, capital projects and equipment purchases, the operating budgets for community facilities, current and future debt obligations, and a rationale to address the perception of “high taxes.”
The 2011 Budget maintains existing programs and services and includes a 3.5% increase in spending as well as the borrowing costs for major capital items such as the Josephine Street reconstruction project in Wingham, the new Emergency Services Training Center in Blyth, and upgrades at the North Huron Wescast Community Complex.
“For the benefit of our existing residents, and to attract new residents and economic development, maintaining our existing programs and services is essential,” said Reeve Neil Vincent. “That being said, budgeting and financial management is a continual process and Council and our Senior Management Team want to identify further efficiencies and ways to better manage our costs.”
“Our tax levels and the cost of delivering our programs need to be competitive, which is why Council is committed to creating a solid financial foundation to keep future tax increases reasonable,” said Reeve Vincent.
“We look forward to hearing from local residents during our strategic planning process to ensure that Council’s vision, goals, and priorities are consistent with the community. The strategic plan will help to guide our decision-making and focus our financial resources and staff on key priorities and an action plan,” said North Huron CAO/Clerk Gary Long.
The 2011 Budget is available on the municipality’s website – www.northhuron.ca.
Neil Vincent, Reeve
Donna White, Director of Finance Gary Long, CAO/Clerk
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