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Guelph Politico is locally sourced and dedicated to covering the political and cultural scene in the City of Guelph. Est. 2008.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Budget Passed with Survivors

In brief, as shared on the 59 Carden St Blog, here are some of the highlights from the 2012 Guelph Budget:
  • metered parking to increase 25 cents per hour ($130,000 revenue)
  • hire an internal auditor ($132,700 cost)
  • implement affordable bus pass program at mid-year at cost of $135,350
  • $100,000 into downtown renewal fund
  • remove $290,000 anticipated operational saving from sale of streetlight system (because staff doesn't think sale could be completed during 2012)
  • reduce anticipated savings related to energy conservation from $500,000 to $400,000
  • provide Guelph Police grant of up to $48,000 to pay for background checks for volunteers
  • turned down $20,600 capital request from Macdonald Stewart Art Centre
  • put $55,600 into library budget to fund development officer position
  • spend $18,000 to subsidize U of G ice rentals until end of current hockey season
  • spend $20,000 to design sidewalks for Woodlawn between Nicklin and Elmira
  • move comprehensive parking strategy forward in capital budget (no tax impact)
  • reinstate bus service on five remaining stat holidays at cost of $27,900
  • identify $3.8 million in 2012 capital budget to move Baker Street redevelopment forward (no tax impact)
All this and more for the low, low 3.52 per cent tax hike. You're welcome, Guelph. 

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