PERTH COUNTY – Council approved the 2024 budget, presented by Perth County’s Manager of Finance/Treasurer Corey Bridges, on Feb. 15. 

The budget will see ratepayers pay a municipal levy of $22,198,354, which is a $2,432,781 increase – or 12.31 per cent over last year.  

In this year’s budget, the operational levy increase is 11.25 per cent ($18,443,354). According to a release from Perth County, this budget will ensure to maintain current service levels and address corporate priorities.

The same release states the 2024 capital levy increase of 1.06 per cent ($3,755,000) will continue to move the county’s asset management plan forward.  

In addition to regular programs and services, highlights of 2024 activities include: 

– Completion of the Courthouse Campus

– Completion of the new Official Plan

– Road, bridge, culvert replacement projects

– Public works and paramedic fleet vehicle replacements

– Regional (Automated External Defibrillators) AED program

The complete list of projects in the 2024 capital budget totals $16,999,706, however $2,440,379 will come from grants; $6,704,327 from reserves; $4,100,000 from financing; and $260,000 from revenue. 

“Perth County staff continue to acknowledge that this is a difficult tax year,” Bridges told council. “Municipal staff continue to work towards maintaining current service levels and addressing corporate priorities while striving to ensure resilience, sustainability and accountability for the corporation.” 

A budget summary report is available online in the Feb. 15 county council meeting agenda package on the Perth County website. Alternatively, the complete budget will be published under the finance tab on perthcounty.ca.

By Kelsey Bent, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Feb 23, 2024 at 07:00

This item reprinted with permission from   Listowel Banner   Listowel, Ontario

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