COUNTY of WELLINGTON
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2015
COUNTY COUNCIL ADOPTS 2015 BUDGET
WELLINGTON COUNTY- At today’s Council meeting, Wellington County Council adopted its 2015 budget with a 2.8% increase to the County portion of property taxes.
“This is a budget that invests in the residents of Wellington County,” says Warden George Bridge. “With this budget, the County is making a significant commitment to improving health care in our community in addition to enhancing the County’s physical
and technological infrastructure. This budget also means the creation of new and future jobs for Wellington County.”
2015 Budget Highlights
• The first installment of a new $9.4 million municipal investment in the County’s three local hospitals: Groves Memorial
Hospital in Fergus; Louise Marshall Hospital in Mount Forest and Palmerston District Community Hospital. This brings
the total municipal investment in County hospitals to $14.4 million. With community and provincial partnerships, this
represents a total investment of over $115 million in County hospitals over the next five years.
• The first of a five-year municipal investment in fibre optic technology as part of the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) Programme involving partnerships with the federal and provincial governments and other Southwestern Ontario municipalities that will leverage an investment of over $14 million in Wellington County.
• Funding for an Ambulance response time improvement plan through the City of Guelph.
• $14.7 million investment in roads and bridges to maintain a safe and efficient transportation network across the County.
• $4.3 million in capital for social and affordable housing in Guelph and Wellington.
• Completion and opening of the newly renovated and expanded Fergus Library.
• Renovation and expansion of the Palmerston Library in 2015.
• Construction of a new Hillsburgh Library in 2016 and 2017.
• Building of a new Public Works facility in Drayton in 2015 and 2016.
• Continued investment in Economic Development including: a new County of Wellington signage strategy, sector investment profiles, preparation for the County hosting the International Plowing Match in 2016 and a Local Municipal BR+E Fund.
“This is a fiscally responsible budget for the County,” says Councillor Dennis Lever, Chair of the County’s Administration, Finance and Personnel Committee. “It strikes a good balance between economic growth and protecting and improving our
infrastructure and services thereby ensuring stability for years to come.”