In accordance with City Council’s direction on December 10, 2014, the 2015 Budget limits the increase in the municipal portion of the property tax bill to no more than two per cent, an increase of approximately $67 per year for an urban home assessed at $355,000 and $55 per year for a rural home assessed at $355,000.
The budget includes $689.1 million in tax- and rate-supported capital projects, comprised of $448 million in city-wide projects of benefit to all residents and $241 million for ward-specific and cross-ward projects. More than half the total is allocated to investments in renewal of road, water and wastewater assets. There is also $32 million allocated for Strategic Initiatives to be determined by City Council in the coming months. City-wide projects include:
- Transit: $60.6 million for renewal of transit assets, including bus refurbishments, Transitway projects and signals. There is also $4.2 million for 2014 and 2015 for increased bus service, Para Transpo trips and the Trillium Line. Fare increases limited to 2.5 per cent.
- Light Rail Transit: $42 million for Ottawa Light Rail Transit, including the transition from construction to operations and moving ahead with the Western Transitway expansion.
- Transportation: $43.2 million for transportation, including $18.6 million for road resurfacing, $2.4 million for street lighting and $2.8 million for traffic control devices.
- Tree Programs: $5.6 million for forestry efforts including replenishing neighbourhoods ravaged by the Emerald Ash Borer. $1.3 million for lifecycle renewal of the Tree Program, including an increase of $125,000.
- Guns and Gangs Exit Strategy: $400,000 to determine and develop an effective exit strategy for gang members – including employment and training strategies.
- Housing and Homelessness: $19 million capital investment in affordable housing.
- Water and Sewer: $120.4 million for wastewater services, including $105.5 million for renewal of wastewater treatment assets and $9.2 million for stormwater management retrofits. $45.3 million for renewal and growth of City water treatment assets.
- Fleet Services: $15.7 million for renewal of fleet assets.
- Waste: $9.1 million for solid waste investments, including $7 million for landfill capping. Garbage fees remain unchanged for the third consecutive year.
- Emergency Services: $4.9 million to renew Paramedic Services assets, $2.7 million to renew security and emergency management assets including a new corporate radio system, and $2.5 million to renew fire service assets.
- Tourism and Ottawa 2017: As part of the Strategic Initiatives process coming this spring, City Council will consider resources to support the City’s economic development strategy and to promote Ottawa 2017.
- Arts and Culture: As part of the Strategic Initiatives process coming this spring, City Council will consider resources to support to redevelop Arts Court and the Ottawa Art Gallery, the centrepieces of the Rideau Street Arts Precinct.
- Parks and Recreation: $2.5 million for renewal of Parks, Recreation and Culture assets.
- Library Services: $2.1 million for a library Strategic Initiative for the radio frequency identification (RFID) project.
- Service Ottawa: $1.7 million for renewal of IT infrastructure
- Long Term Care: $403,000 for renewal of Long Term Care assets
- Entrepreneurship: As part of the Strategic Initiatives process coming this spring, City Council will consider resources to support Invest Ottawa and entrepreneurship.
In the Central Region, Draft Budget 2015 allocates $58 million to asset renewal projects and $51.7 million to growth initiatives. Key renewal projects in the Central Region include:
- $11.6 million as part of Ottawa on the Move for renewal of the Minto Bridges.
- $4.4 million for work on McLeod, Percy and Lyon streets.
- $4.2 million for work on Dennison, Ernest and Broadview streets.
- For the Ottawa River Action Plan, $3.4 million for Irving-Laurentian-Carling-Lynwood-Oakvale, $2.6 million for Echo-Springhurst, $2.3 million for Farnham-Bedford and $647,000 for Queen Street (Bronson-Elgin).
- $2.6 million for work on McRae Avenue (Richmond-Scott).
- $2.5 million for rehabilitation of the McIlraith Bridge.
- $2.2 million for repairs to OC Transpo buildings and facilities.
- $2.1 million for work on Lavergne, Joliet and Ste. Cecile Streets.
- $1.7 million for road resurfacing of Scott. St. (Smirle-Bayview)
- $1.5 million for repairs to the Don Gamble Recreation Complex.
- $1.5 million for repairs to the Jim Durrell Recreation Complex.
- $1.4 million for work on Cody, Jeanne-Mance, Levis, Cyr, Kendall and Savard Streets.
- $1.4 million for work on Cathcart Street (Dalhousie to Sussex).
- $1.2 million for work on Aylmer, Fulton, Carlyle and Rosedale Streets.
- $1 million for renewal of Rideau Street (Dalhousie to Sussex).
- $900,000 for repairs to the Brian Kilrea Arena.
- $723,000 for repairs to the Canterbury Pool.
- $500,000 for the Maplehurst Avenue and Carling Avenue intersection.
- $421,000 for repairs to the Brewer Arena.
- $405,000 for repairs to the Main Library Branch.
- $327,000 for repairs to the Dempsey Community Centre.
- $236,000 for work on Woodcrest Road (Kilborn).
- $225,000 for full modernization of the Rosemount Library elevator.
- $224,000 for repairs to the Bloomfield Yards.
- $109,000 for replacements at the Carling Family Shelter.
- $107,000 to replace the roof at the Michele Heights Community Centre.
Key growth projects in the Central Region include:
- $36 million for the Western Transitway from Bayshore Drive to Moodie Drive.
- $6 million for expansion of the Bloomfield Yard, the City’s main forestry operations facility.
- $4.2 million for the Alta Vista Corridor at the Riverside Hospital.
- $2.2 million for major cycling and pedestrian structures.
- $760,000 for the Brittany Pumping Station.
- $103,000 for upgraded to the Acres Road Pumping Station.
- $100,000 for the 800 Montreal Road park.
Ottawa’s Central region includes Ward 7 – Bay – Mark Taylor,
Ward 12 - Rideau-Vanier – Mathieu Fleury, Ward 13 - Rideau-Rockcliffe – Tobi Nussbaum,
Ward 14 – Somerset – Catherine McKenney, Ward 15 – Kitchissippi – Jeff Leiper,
Ward 17 – Capital – David Chernushenko, Ward 18 - Alta Vista – Jean Cloutier