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NORTH HURON COUNCIL APPROVES 2013 BUDGET

Tuesday March 19th, 2013

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

NORTH HURON COUNCIL APPROVES 2013 BUDGET

North Huron Council approved the municipality’s 2013 Operating and Capital Budget at its March 18th Council meeting.

The budget will result in a 2.51% increase in spending.  For the owner of a home assessed at $152,884, the 2013 budget will mean an annual property tax increase of approximately $23.28 for Blyth, $23.24 for East Wawanosh, and $2.11 for Wingham.

The 2013 Budget highlights include:
• Operating Budget is $10,715,778.16
• Capital Budget is $1,001,088.00
• Debt payments of $454,492.14
• Town Hall Exterior Restoration Project
• Fire Code Upgrades, Facility Repairs, Building Assessment
• Used Trackless, Front End Loader, and Tractor
• Sidewalk Replacement
• Victoria Street and Carling Terrace road and sewer upgrades
• Blyth water and sanitary system upgrades

“This budget maintains the programs and services that are priorities for Council and the community and at the same time limits the impact to taxpayers,” said North Huron Reeve Neil Vincent.  “We need to be fiscally responsible but also make strategic investments that support our communities and businesses, enhance our downtowns, renew our infrastructure, and position us to attract more people and investment – we’re already seeing positive results throughout North Huron.

“The 2013 Budget reflects the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan and provides the opportunity to move North Huron forward in the long-term,” said Director of Finance, Donna White.  “We have a great deal that we want to accomplish in 2013 and onward and this budget sets the framework to meet our goals.”

The Program and Expenditure Review, implemented in 2011 to identify efficiencies, cost savings, and ways to increase revenue, is an ongoing corporate initiative that is producing results that benefit taxpayers.  Also, a Business Planning Process was implemented last fall which encompasses the annual budget preparations, the development of departmental business plans, and individual work plans to ensure that the organization is moving in a consistent strategic direction and achieving the vision and goals in North Huron’s Strategic Plan.

Donna White will be making budget presentations to local business groups and community stakeholders this spring.  Copies of the 2013 Operating and Capital Budgets will be available at the municipal office and Budget Highlights at www.northhuron.ca.

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For more information, contact:
Reeve Neil Vincent                                                               Donna White, Director of Finance
519-357-2336                                                                       519-357-3550 x.26

Gary Long, CAO/Clerk
519-357-3550 x.24