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Wellington County Adopts 2021 Budget

Wellington County

Wellington County Council adopted its 2021
budget with a 1.2% increase to the County portion of property taxes.

“County Council has passed a responsible budget under extraordinarily challenging circumstances,” said
Warden Kelly Linton. “The 2021 budget addresses additional services, needs and supports within the
community and our local economy as a direct result of the ongoing global pandemic. With a modest
1.2% tax increase, this budget balances the unique financial challenges faced by our residents and
businesses with our need to continue to fund the delivery of essential services.”

Highlights of the 2021 Budget include:

  • Rural Broadband Investment to complete the gigabyte fibre optic buildout, a municipal
    contribution of $4.0 million over five years through the SWIFT 2.0 Implementation
  • Full-year of the curbside collection enhancements for County residents, including weekly
    recycling and organics, bi-weekly garbage, and monthly Leaf and Yard Waste collection from
    April through November
  • Investment in roads capital infrastructure and public works facilities over the next ten years, including $33.7 million for upgrades to fund the replacement of the Arthur Public Works Facility
    (joint project with the Township of Wellington North), as well as the Erin, Brucedale, Harriston
    and Aberfoyle public works facilities throughout the forecast
  • Planning for the opening of Phase II at the Riverstown Landfill
  • Funding to begin the planning for and initiate property acquisition for a new Erin Library Branch
  • Additional resources at the Wellington Terrace Long-Term Care Home to provide improved
    resident care during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The COVID-19 Business Recovery Fund, which will provide one-time funding to assist local
    businesses in the economic recovery

“The County invests over $230 million dollars annually providing important services and programmes to
its residents,” said Councillor Chris White, Chair of the County’s Administration, Finance and Human
Resources Committee. “During these difficult times we will continue to maintain these services and
work to help our residents come through the pandemic.”