County Budget Set

Lambton County Council finalized a 2014 budget of $187-million in Wyoming Wednesday.

The amount to be raised through county taxes totals $66.7-million, or a taxation increase of less than 1 per cent.

Warden Todd Case says the budget includes nearly 70 capital projects, totalling approximately $15-million.

Venetian Blvd. will be reconstructed and improvements will be made to portions of Egremont Rd. and Courtright and Churchill Lines.

$800,000 has been budgeted to replace the Forest Ambulance Station.

$1.15-million in projects not included in the budget have been deferred to 2015.  They include $200,000 for a Lambton gateway sign and $950,000 for 4 ft paved shoulders from County Rd. 35 through Aamjiwnaang First Nation.

Now that the county budget has been set Sarnia homeowners know how much their property taxes will increase this year.

When municipal, county and education levies are blended, the city tax rate goes up 1.18 per cent, an increase of about $18 per $100,000 of assessment.