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Greater Sudbury

Summary of 2010 City of Greater Sudbury municipal budget

Released Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010

The Finance Committee of Greater Sudbury Council has approved a 2010 gross budget of $518 million. Municipal property taxes account for $193.6 million of the total amount, representing a 2.5 per cent increase over the previous year. Provincial transfer payments, federal grants, investment earnings, licensing and leasing revenues, user fees and other revenues make up the balance of the overall budget.

As part of the budget process, City Council also approved an overall rate increase of 3.82 per cent on water/wastewater bills, the equivalent of an extra $42 for an average four-person household using 360 cubic metres of water per annum.

Capital Budget Highlights:

The capital budget is dedicated to one-time expenditures and projects such as road construction, building upgrades and acquisitions, vehicle renewal and replacements. The Finance Committee of Greater Sudbury Council has approved a capital budget of $134.8 million for the 2010 tax year.

• A total of $73 million will be invested in local road improvements including: widening M.R. 80 to five lanes between Frost Avenue and Glen Street in Hanmer, widening Regent Street to five lanes between Bouchard Street and Caswell Drive in Sudbury, and various enhancements on Kathleen Street, between Frood Road and Notre Dame Avenue in Sudbury.

• The $73 million total includes $38.6 million shared equally by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Greater Sudbury through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund for the following: $11.5 million for rehabilitation of Paris Street/Notre Dame Avenue, between York and Kathleen Streets, $13 million for rehabilitation of Falconbridge Road, between the Kingsway and Skead Road, and $14.1 million for rehabilitation of Lasalle Boulevard, between Notre Dame Avenue and Falconbridge Highway.

• An additional $5 million has been invested through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund for renewal of the Grace Hartman Amphitheatre in Bell Park.

• A total of $5 million is being invested through the Recreation Infrastructure Canada Program, shared equally by the Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario and the City of Greater Sudbury, for the following: $3 million for a new all-weather sports field and field house improvements at the James Jerome Sports Complex, and $2 million for repairs to the exterior wall of the Howard Armstrong Recreation Centre.

• A total of $20.7 million will be invested in water and wastewater infrastructure.

• A total of $4 million will be invested in local recreational facilities and museums.

• A total of $3.8 million will replace eight Greater Sudbury Transit buses.

• A total of $3.6 million will go towards replacement of vehicles and equipment for the Greater Sudbury Fire Service and Emergency Medical Services.

• A total of $2.2 million will be used for replacement of various municipal vehicles and equipment.

• A total of $1 million has been approved for capital projects administered by the Greater Sudbury Police Service.

Operating Budget Highlights:

The operating budget is dedicated to day-to-day operations, including programs and services in more than 30 diverse sectors such as policing, public health, recycling and leisure programs. The Finance Committee of Greater Sudbury Council has approved a gross operating budget of $518.1 million for the 2010 tax year.

• Road maintenance, including an additional $500,000 for pothole patching and materials, has been increased by $1.1 million to $34.4 million.

• Greater Sudbury Transit will receive $1.4 million to maintain programs that promote ridership growth, including an additional inbound route to the downtown from Valley East during peak morning hours.

• The Northern Ontario School of Architecture will receive an annual grant of $1 million until 2018 and a final $500,000 in 2019.

• The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation will receive $900,000 to maintain activities that support and enable economic growth in the community.

• Emergency shelter services will receive $705,000 of which $360,000 is provided through the municipal tax levy.

• Collection of organic household waste from low-density households will be maintained at an annual cost of $350,000.

• The Walden Family Health Team will receive $345,000 in one-time funding.

• The Strategic Physician Recruitment and Retention Program will receive $260,000 in one-time funding.

• The Sudbury District Nurse Practitioners Clinic in Lively will receive $75,000 in one-time funding.

• The Junction Creek Stewardship Committee will receive $25,000 annually over four years.

• Council has accepted outside Board budgets in the amounts of: Greater Sudbury Police Service $43.8 million, the Sudbury & District Health Unit $5.3 million and the Nickel District Conservation Authority $553,778.

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