Elgin County Council Prioritizes Fiscal Responsibility with Approval of Budget for 2024

For Immediate Release
March 15, 2024

Central Elgin, ON – Elgin County Council is pleased to announce the approval of its combined operating and capital budget for 2024, totaling $101.6 million. The budget, which was approved by Council at the March 12, 2024 County Council Meeting, reflects Council’s commitment to delivering essential services while managing fiscal challenges and fostering economic growth in the region.

The approved budget includes an increase in the tax rate of 3.79%, equating to a $25 increase per $100,000 of residential assessment. This adjustment is necessary to address rising cost pressures and ensure the continued delivery of government-mandated services and critical infrastructure projects.

In developing the budget, Council and the Budget Committee carefully considered feedback from residents gathered through various channels, including the annual budget survey and the budget open house. The resulting budget strikes a balance between meeting community needs, maintaining service levels, and planning for future growth opportunities.

“This budget reflects our ongoing commitment to fiscal responsibility and responsiveness to the needs of our residents,” stated Warden Ed Ketchabaw. By prioritizing essential services, infrastructure investments, and economic development initiatives, we are positioning Elgin County to capitalize on growth opportunities and enhance the quality of life for our community.”

Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to review the detailed 2024 Budget Document, which provides comprehensive insights into budget allocations and strategic priorities. The document can be accessed by visiting https://engageelgin.ca/investinginelgin.

Key budget highlights for 2024 include:

  • Enhanced staffing for Planning, Fire School, and Human Resources departments
  • Continued construction on the Terrace Lodge Redevelopment Project
  • Reconstruction of St. George Street (CR 26), including new curb, storm sewer and sidewalk
  • Reconstruction of Port Talbot Hill (Fingal Line, CR 16), including road slope rehabilitation, curb, storm sewers and guide railRehabilitation of Dexter Line (CR 24) between Yarmouth Centre Road and Quaker Road, including pavement recycling, hot mix asphalt resurfacing and paved shoulder cycling lanes to complete the cycling network connection between Port Stanley and Port Bruce along Dexter Line
  • Enhanced Ambulance Services includes: the addition of two management staff; Bayham’s full-year costs for a 12-hour per day, seven days a week land ambulance shift; increased training and IT budgets reflecting actuals; and a cost-of-living/inflation adjustment

Elgin County remains steadfast in its commitment to fiscal responsibility, community engagement, and strategic investment, ensuring a prosperous future for all residents and stakeholders. The County thanks all residents and businesses for their continued participation and support.

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For additional information, please contact:

Warden Ed Ketchabaw

519-631-1460 ext. 110

Jennifer Ford
Director of Financial Services / Treasurer

519-631-1460 ext. 107

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