Kingsville Considers 4.8% Budget Jump

Kingsville CAO Peggy Van Mierlo-West attends the regular meeting of council on October 11, 2016. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

Councillors in Kingsville are set to debate a proposed 4.8% tax hike at two planned budget sessions in January.

The first is set for January 10 and the second January 31. A third date on February 22 has been set aside if necessary.

Kingsville CAO Peggy Van Mierlo-West says administration isn’t married to the proposed increase.

“The [4.8% increase] is just a starting point. That is what staff will be proposing to council. We understand there’s going to be some room for improvement to reduce that,” says Mierlo-West.

Mierlo-West says one of the major capital projects included in the proposed budget is the reconstruction of Park St.

“That’s going to be the road right by the Mettawas, so it’s going to be a really nice connection to what we’ve already done with phase one,” says Mierlo-West.

The proposed 2017 budget — which includes both operational and capital spending plans — doesn’t include any specific funding meant to respond to the fall flooding that led to states of emergency in Windsor and Tecumseh.

“We’ve actually been very fortunate when it comes to our storm sewer infrastructure,” says Mierlo-West. “We have done the sewer separation project which does take off a lot of burden from the sewers themselves.”

Home assessments in Kingsville are projected to go up 1.7% in 2017 as well, which will lead to higher property tax bills for homeowners.

Other major projects in the proposed budget include a new fire aerial truck and work on the Esseltine Drainage system.