City of Ottawa plans 3% tax increase in draft 2022 budget as transit, public health faces shortcomings – Ottawa

Ottawa’s draft budget for 2022 proposes a three percent tax increase and projects deficits linked to COVID-19 on transit and public health funding that will require support from higher levels of government or a significant dip in city reserves.

If approved as it looks, next year’s $ 4.14 billion operating budget will see property tax bills rise by $ 119 for the average city owner, $ 91 for rural homeowners and $ 242 for the typical commercial landlord.

Divided further, the city owner’s property tax bill will include an additional $ 65 for city-wide services, $ 19 for police and $ 35 for transit.

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Mayor Jim Watson budgeted at a special council meeting Wednesday morning, calling the 2022 spending plan “cautious” and standing by limiting the tax increase to three percent, citing the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and recent rises in inflation.

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In total, the city will face $ 161.6 million in COVID-related pressure as part of the 2022 budget. Ottawa Public Health needs an additional $ 47.7 million to continue its vaccination and other COVID-19 efforts, while OC Transpo is missing $ 60.6 million, mainly due to lower passenger numbers.

The city expects funding from the top levels of government to cover most of this pressure related to the pandemic, even though a dip in the reserves is in the cards.

OC Transpo tariffs would increase by 2.5 percent on January 1, 2022 below plan, although prices for EquiPass, EquiFares and Community Pass would remain frozen at 2018 levels. The budget proposal will also provide 2,000 free transit cards to distribute through the shelter system.

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