Ottawa 2022 budget approved with 3% property tax increase and 2.5% transit fare increase – Ottawa

Ottawa residents will see their property tax bills increase by 3% in the new year and transit users will end up paying more in 2022 as well, despite efforts by some councilors to find a rate freeze.

Ottawa’s city council voted 16 to 8 in favor of the $ 4.14 billion budget plan after a 10-hour marathon meeting on Wednesday.

The increase will result in an increase in property tax bills of $ 119 for the average urban owner, $ 91 for rural owners, and $ 242 for the typical business owner in 2022.

Capital spending on roads, bridges and other major infrastructure in Ottawa is expected to reach $ 989 million in 2022, a jump of $ 209 million from current year levels. Spending on highway renewal will roughly double in 2022 to $ 133.3 million.

The Ottawa Police Service’s budget saw a two percent increase in its fee, causing some consternation among advisers who felt the increase was too much or too little.

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Transit fares will increase 2.5 percent in 2022, but not right away – passenger costs will be frozen until one month after Rideau Transit Group puts the 15 full trains on the Line into service. the Confederation.

“People want stability and predictability,” Jim Watson told reporters after city council, noting that this was the 12th budget he had passed as mayor with his pledge to raise money. 3% tax.

Watson also highlighted the risks of rising inflation weighing more on taxpayers’ portfolios in the new year.

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Watson criticized some motions on Wednesday that proposed drawing on the city’s reserves or incurring new spending without finding compensation elsewhere in the budget.

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Somerset County. Catherine McKenney introduced two major motions – one to shift the increase in transit fares to the property tax base and the other to use $ 9 million from the federal gas tax. for projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city – which were not included in the budget. .

The gasoline tax proposal was postponed until the second quarter of 2022 while another motion called on staff to explore the impact of shifting more of the revenue stream from transportation fares to the ‘tax base.

But delaying and deferring bold ideas was not enough for the Somerset city councilor.

“I’ll tell you what we’re looking for in this town. We are looking to act on the climate. … We are asking for affordable public transit for those who need it, ”McKenney said.

“We want equity in our city, we want a city built for everyone, which takes care of the needs of the people. This budget does not come close. This is probably the worst budget we have seen, at least in my eight years on the board. “

The final vote on the 2022 budget fell as follows:

  • County of Orleans Matt Luloff – Yes
  • South Kanata County. Allan Hubley – Yes
  • Rideau-Rockcliffe County Rawlson King – No
  • Alta Vista County Jean Cloutier – Yes
  • County of the river. Riley Brockington – Yes
  • Knoxdale-Merivale County Keith Egli – Yes
  • Kanata County North. Cathy Curry – Yes
  • Beacon Hill-Cyrville County Tim Tierney – Yes
  • Stittsville County. Glen Gower – Yes
  • Gloucester-Southgate County Diane Deans – No
  • Rideau-Goulbourn Council. Scott Moffatt – Yes
  • West Carleton-March County. Eli El-Chatiry – Yes
  • Capital Council. Shawn Ménard – No
  • College Council. Rick Chiarelli – No
  • Somerset County. Catherine McKenney – No
  • Barrhaven’s advice. Jan Harder – Yes
  • Kitchissippi County. Jeff Leiper – No
  • Innes County. Laura Dudas – Yes
  • bay county. Theresa Kavanagh – No
  • County of Gloucester-South Nepean Carol Anne Meehan – Yes
  • Cumberland County. Catherine Kitts – Yes
  • Rideau-Vanier County. Mathieu Fleury – No
  • Osgoode County. George Darouze – Yes
  • Mayor Jim Watson – Yes

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