Petawawa's 2019 Budget & Tax Increase Finalized

Petawawa’s 2019 budget is a done deal.  

Town Council at its meeting on Monday night endorsed the spending plan, which will raise municipal taxes by $81.47, based on a home assessed at $247,250.

Some of the big plans in the budget's $4 million envelope for capital projects include the rehabilitation of John Street, and part of Black Bay Road, and designing the overhaul of Portage Road, Roy Street and Golf Course Road.      

A much-needed sand dome will also be built, to accomodate a growing need during winter control operations.

The town will also be twinning the Algonquin Trail along the former railroad line between Murphy Road and Portage Road, which is a priority in its Active Transportation Plan.

It will also be purchasing more gear to plow roads and keep sidewalks clear.

Mayor Bob Sweet told council the budget is a balance between maintaining a high standard of services and dealing with the uncertainty of declining provincial government grants.  

"This new era of tightened financial restraint is impacting grant opportunities and other levels of support once available to municipalities", Sweet told Council on Monday night.

Sweet added that recreation facilities will also continue to be a priority for the town, which include planning arena upgrades for 2020, and placing money in a fund to continue

As previously reported on Star 96.7 News, council also plans to develop a new unified, long-term vision for the redevelopment of the Catwalk infrastructure and Centennial Beach, along the Petawawa River behind Town Hall.

"These budgets reflect Council's commitment to ensuring that growth is supported by appropriate investments in our infrastructure and capital assets", Mayor Sweet added.

"I am confident that the spending program introduced will reinforce our adherence to financial sustainability and excellence in customer service".