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West Grey Council unanimously passes an “infrastructure investment and community building” budget

Posted On: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

With an eye to the future, West Grey Council passed the 2019 budget today, allocating funds to important infrastructure projects and initiatives to continue moving West Grey forward. Council also committed to developing a multi-year budget to provide the “bigpicture awareness” of future pressures and to be able to plan proactively.

“I am pleased with the in-depth dialogue and review of the 2019 budget,” said Mayor Christine Robinson. “Council’s deliberations were thoughtful and forward-thinking. I believe this budget meets the goals of investing in West Grey while being mindful of the corresponding pressures on our ratepayers.”

For the 2019 budget, the increase of 3.73% translates to $4.35 per $100,000 assessment.

Mayor Robinson noted that the foundation to council’s decision-making was commitment to investing in and maintaining West Grey’s assets and infrastructure, while planning for important community-building initiatives such as enhanced communication and fostering culture.

Highlights of the 2019 budget:

  • Over $4.9 million for capital projects across the municipality
    • Bruce and Lambton Street reconstruction project, Durham
    • Concession 4 reconstruction, Bentinck
    • Furnace and roof replacement, Neustadt Library
    • LED lighting replacement program, Bentinck and Normanby sheds
    • Over $700,000 to bridge repair
  • Increased communication, including enhanced digital communication and a new advertising program
  • Investing in arts and culture through partnership with the Durham Art Gallery, grant allocation to Launch Pad for West Grey youth programming, retaining the Elmwood library branch, and enhancing the recreation summer camp and swim programs.

About West Grey
Located in Grey County, and serving a population of just over 12,000, the municipality of West Grey is a combination of rural, farm communities, friendly urban centres and quaint villages. With our quintessential ‘small-town Ontario’ vibe, our calming, yet breathtaking scenery, and recreation for every season, West Grey is a truly welcoming place to call home.


Media Contact: Laura Johnston, CAO, West Grey
519.369.2200 x.222

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