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North Huron Council Approves 2012 Budget

Tuesday March 20th, 2012

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

NORTH HURON COUNCIL APPROVES 2012 BUDGET

North Huron Council approved the municipality’s 2012 Operating and Capital Budget at its March 19th Council meeting, subject to the finalization of the Education and Upper Tier Rates.

The budget will result in a 2.92% increase in spending.   Some of the 2012 Budget highlights include: Phase 2 of the Josephine Street Reconstruction Project in Wingham; a new roof for the Blyth Arena: and Police Station entrance renovations.

“This budget keeps the overall tax increase in line with inflation and focuses on maintaining core services during these challenging economic times” said Reeve Neil Vincent.  “To position North Huron for future growth and development, Council is committed to reducing costs while maintaining services, investing in municipal infrastructure and keeping future tax increases reasonable so that we’re competitive with neighbouring communities.”

North Huron Council and senior staff have embarked on a Program and Expenditure Review.  This Review has three objectives:  (1) identify savings and efficiencies; (2) revenue generation opportunities; and (3) service delivery changes/enhancements.  To date, this initiative has resulted in over $120,000 in net savings.   This has been accomplished by reducing full and part-time positions and hours, changing telecommunication contracts, energy management and lower insurance premiums.

“Our budget process and the Program and Expenditure Review don’t stop with the passing of the budget,” said Donna White, Director of Finance.  “This is a continuous process, driven by Council and staff, to ensure residents receive value for their tax dollars and that we’re delivering quality programs and services in a cost effective manner.”

Copies of the 2012 Operating and Capital will be available at the municipal office and online at www.northhuron.ca, once the Education and County rates are confirmed.

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For more information, contact:
Reeve Neil Vincent                                            Donna White, Director of Finance
519-357-2336                                                    519-357-3550 x.26

Gary Long, CAO/Clerk
519-357-3550 x.24