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2018 Draft County Budget Presented to County Council

By County of Lambton

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wyoming, ON - Lambton County Councillors will consider a proposed 2.43% net increase to the County property tax levy when they meet to discuss the 2018 Draft County of Lambton budget early next month.

The draft document was presented during a special joint meeting of Lambton County Council Standing Committees in Wyoming this morning.

The draft budget calls for $75.2 million to be raised through local property taxes, supporting proposed expenditures of $213.4 million allocated to specific services and responsibilities as follows:

  • General Government/Council Activities: $12.9 million
  • Office of the Chief Administrative Officer: $0.7 million
  • Corporate Services Division: $5.8 million
  • Cultural Services Division: $10.3 million
  • Finance, Facilities and Court Services Division: $12.5 million
  • Infrastructure & Development Services Division: $27.9 million
  • Long-Term Care Division: $32.7 million
  • Public Health Services Division: $26.8 million
  • Social Services Division: $83.7 million

Included in 2018 proposed expenditures is $20.3 million on 51 capital projects, including:

  • The third year of upgrades committed to under the 10 year, $40 million Social Housing Capital Plan.
  • Possible rehabilitation of the Bear Creek and Shashawandah bridges.
  • Programmed replacement of vehicles, including two ambulances.
  • Rehabilitation of County Roads #2 (Bentpath Line), #22 (London Line), and #8 (Inwood Road).
  • Changes to the office layout of the County Administration Building.

"Staff has worked diligently to provide County Council with a reasonable starting point when it meets to consider the 2018 budget on March 7," said Lambton County Warden Bill Weber.  "It is now up to Council to prioritize projects for the year ahead while balancing fiscal responsibility with sustainable service delivery."

The 2018 Draft County budget also calls for $5.7 million to be directed towards various reserves and reserve funds, which are used to finance large, necessary projects that may arise in the future or to pay for unexpected emergencies.

Four external organizations are seeking grants from Lambton County Council in 2018:

  • The Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital Foundation is seeking $1,050,000 in multi-year funding to assist it with acquiring a new X-Ray Suite for Diagnostic Imaging.
  • Community Living Sarnia-Lambton is seeking funding of $45,000 to be used to purchase a 2017/18 Dodge Caravan with side-access or rear-entry wheelchair ramp.
  • The Deker Bauer Foundation for Suicide Prevention is seeking $80,674 in temporary operational funding
  • Sarnia-Lambton Crime Stoppers is requesting $13,000 in operational funding

In addition to these four external organizations the Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership and Tourism Sarnia Lambton have requested Council to consider increases to their annual funding in the amounts of $300,000 and $35,000 respectively. 

Lambton County Council has also had one item referred to its budget deliberations this year: investigating, in partnership with relevant community stakeholders, the cost of engaging a consultant to undertake a market analysis and feasibility study for a potential multi-use convention centre in the Sarnia/Point Edward area at an estimated cost of $50,000.

Neither the cost of funding the Council grant requests nor the matters referred to budget have been included in the Draft Budget as received by Council today.

Budget deliberations are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., Wednesday, March 7, 2018 and will continue at 9 a.m., Thursday, March 22, if required.  Deliberations are also scheduled to be streamed live and made available for archival viewing through the County's website, LambtonOnline.ca.

Hard copies of the 2018 Draft County Budget can be requested by contacting the Finance, Facilities and Court Services Division at 519-845-0809 ext. 5321 or by clicking on the "County Budget" tab at www.lambtononline.ca.


Please contact:

Bill Weber                                                     John Innes
Warden                                                          GM, Finance, Facilities and Court Services
County of Lambton                                      County of Lambton
519-649-6885                                               519-845-5417
bill.weber@county-lambton.on.ca                        john.innes@county-lambton.on.ca

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