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Mayor says ‘tangible improvements’ coming to roads, parks, libraries, environment

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Nayoro Park, Lindsay. Parks are expected to get a boost under new budget.

The City of Kawartha Lakes council has adopted the 2018 operating budget which sets the base for the next 10 years – and Mayor Andy Letham says citizens can expect to see noticeable improvements in many local services.

“Residents can rest assured that the City will see tangible improvements to what they value most,” says Letham, including “good roads, community safety, arenas, parks, libraries (and) a healthy environment.”

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Council moves from 16 to 8 councillors in retooling of City’s political structure

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The new boundaries kick in for the next election in October 2018.

The City of Kawartha Lakes will shrink the number of councillors from 16 to eight in time for the next election, locking in savings of about $109,000 annually.

That’s despite an $11,000 increase to councillors’ salaries which will rise from about $30,500 a year right now to $41,000 in the new term.

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City will invest millions in roads, parks, while holding taxes lower than expected

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City will invest millions
Better roads, parks, and buildings on way with new budget.

The 2018 City of Kawartha Lakes budget will see $20 million invested in roads and bridges, but next year’s tax increase is on track to be below the previously forecasted 4.5 per cent.

Instead, the increase will come in around a 3.5 per cent average tax-supported increase, as Council goes into operating deliberations in December.

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KLH Housing on better financial footing, big projects planned

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New audio equipment makes Council meetings more accessible

On the eve of significant housing projects taking shape next year, the Kawartha Lakes Haliburton Housing Corporation (KLH Housing Corp) is in better financial shape than ever.

That’s thanks mainly to real estate sell-offs and finding operational efficiencies, according to the affordable housing corporation.

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Letham welcomes basic income pilot in Lindsay

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Mayor Andy Letham

Mayor of the City of Kawartha Lakes, Andy Letham, says he gives kudos to the Province of Ontario for testing a basic income here.

“I think it’s great,” says Letham. “This community will certainly benefit.”

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