At its budget meeting Sarnia City Council approved a $154.9 million budget for 2020.
The general levy increase is 2.89%, which is down from the original proposed budget levy increase of 3.95%.
The transit levy increase is 5.97%, which is up from the original 5.0% increase.
A proposed special area levy for the industrial area has been cut in half to $500,000.
The total budget amount of $154,938,329 represents an increase of $248,533. This increase has been mitigated by revenue increases totally $998,808.
Council approved the following changes to the draft 2020 budget:
|Statutory benefits (mostly WSIB)||$130,831||$8,352|
|Revenue interest reserve allocation||-$257,000|
|Police budget (reduction)||-$169,901|
|OMPF reserve allocation||$256,133|
|Gypsy Moth program||$90,000|
|Free Menstrual Products (trial)||$28,600|
|St Clair Region Conservation Authority levy increase||$20,588|
|Sarnia Library maintenance||-$20,000|
|Care-a-Van fuel expenses||-$20,000|
|Net expenditure changes||$184,786||$63,747|
|Increase OMPF revenue||$846,145|
|Decrease parking revenue||-$2,400|
|Bluewater Power dividend increase||$100,000|
|Insurance reserve allocation||$3,063|
|Net Revenue Changes||$973,808||$25,000|
The impact per $100,000 of assessment for a residential property is:
|General Municipal Purposes||$25.00 (2.89%)|
|Transit Area||$3.23 (5.97%)|
|Total Municipal Purposes||$28.23 (3.07%)|
Council also approved a grant request in the amount of $72,366 to the Sarnia Lambton Taskforce on Healthcare Worker Recruitment.
The approved budget will be posted at https://www.sarnia.ca/2020-budgets/.
The next Regular Council Meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, December 9.