The Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville has approved a $14.9 million capital budget, which earmarks funds for a new firetruck, an upgraded website, road repairs and more trees.
“This capital budget allows us to maintain our facilities, build new infrastructure and create better services for our residents all while recognizing our fiscal responsibilities,” says Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Iain Lovatt.
Highlights of the budget, approved by Council on December 3, include more than $1.7 million in customer services projects and initiatives. That includes website upgrades and physical improvements to customer service locations. The Town has also set aside $2.7 million to enhance community spaces and parks, including $50,000 for enhancements to downtown initiatives and events.
Also on the books is $8.4 million for infrastructure development and rehabilitation, which includes more than $2 million for road repair and rehabilitation; a Burkholder neighbourhood environmental assessment to help plan improvements to the transportation network; and the implementation of the Lakeshore Road shoreline stabilization project.
The budget also includes $1.1 million on community planning initiatives, including the development of a ward boundary study, an economic development strategy and various strategies as part of the Official Plan Review. The Town will also spend $700,000 to improve community safety, which includes $300,000 towards the purchase of a new fire pumper truck.
Council also approved partial funding for a new Downtown Indigenous Interpretive Centre to commemorate its Huron-Wendat heritage and the Jean-Baptiste Lainé site. Full implementation of this project is dependent on additional funds, which will be considered at Operational Budget deliberations on February 4.
“Strategic investment will make our government more responsive, make our employees more productive and make our residents’ lives better,” says Town Chief Administrative Officer Rob Adams. “Through these initiatives, Council is investing in critical infrastructure required today, investing in critical infrastructure to manage growth, and investing in critical infrastructure for our community’s future.”
Capital projects are largely funded through development charges, reserves, developer contributions and grants. The 2020 Capital Budget report and other supporting documents are available online at townofws.ca/budgets.