Last week, City Council tabled the draft 2020 budget. I am proud of what we’ve been able to achieve with this budget. As your Councillor and Chair of Community and Protective Services, I believe we’ve made good, responsible spending decisions to serve you and everyone in our community. This is never easy.
We are a growing city with many competing demands. We also continue to face substantial financial uncertainty from upper levels of government. Balancing this, while ensuring value for your tax dollars, is paramount. There is a very good summary of the Budget Highlights on the city’s website. I encourage you to take a look, so you have a better understanding of how your tax dollars are being spent.
Over the next month, the draft budget will be received and discussed at the city’s committees and boards, with final approval taking place at City Council on December 11th.
I will be reviewing the budget documents line-by-line to get a better understanding of what it means specifically for Kanata North. While we all benefit from city-wide programs and investments, access to amenities and investments in our neighbourhoods impact our day to day tremendously.
It will take me some time to review the budget in entirety, however I am very happy to share that my number one priority, the repaving of March Road, has been included in the draft budget. This project was not scheduled for the next 5 years. However, I know I had your support in pushing for this road be prioritized. If the draft budget is passed, I will meet with city staff to discuss the construction schedule and will share details with you as I have them.
I also want you to know that I support a transit fare freeze. The last couple of months have seen commuters face an unacceptable number of delays and frustrating commutes that are not acceptable. I will continue to work with my colleagues to ensure this is done.
I want to thank everyone who shared their suggestions and priorities for the budget with me. Whether it was during the budget consultation held last month, or directly with my office, the feedback received was instrumental in identifying our community’s priorities. I would encourage you to read over the draft budget information and provide any comments or feedback to me directly at Jenna.Sudds@ottawa.ca.