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City pivots on how it might eliminate deficit

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In less than 24 hours Mayor Andy Letham and CAO Ron Taylor appear to have changed tack on the best way to pay down Kawartha Lakes COVID-19 induced budget shortfall of $3.2 million.

At council on May 26, Taylor dealt with the issue of the shortfall in depth.  He hinted that the city had two potential possibilities for paying the multi-million dollar deficit down.

The first option was applying a possible $3 million budget surplus from 2019 against the 2020 deficit.

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Mayor to chair economic recovery task force as city charts a path forward

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Kawartha Lakes City Council unanimously approved an economic recovery task force that will support local business, building trades, tourism and agriculture.

To be chaired by Mayor Andy Letham, it is one of two special task forces to be in place by May 26 to help buffer the harsh economic realities facing local businesses as they prepare, eventually, to reopen after a long closure due to COVID-19.

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Letham speculates how Kawartha Lakes may re-open

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Kawartha Lakes mayor, Andy Letham, says the discussion about the COVID-19 pandemic is “no longer what we are shutting down, but instead how things can be opened responsibly.”

Businesses like drive-ins and golf courses could perhaps re-open soon, says the mayor, once the weather improves and the state of emergency has been lifted.

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Keep social distancing to avoid high number of deaths in Kawartha Lakes: Expert

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It’s critical that Kawartha Lakes – a community with a high number of older people – stay the course on social distancing to avoid any further community spread of COVID-19.

This, according to an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, Ashleigh Tuite, will be the key to prevent any large scale death numbers here.

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Mayor apologizes for bill-paying faux pas; implores travellers to stay home

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Earlier this morning I wrote a piece that criticized the City of Kawartha Lakes for their tone deaf messaging yesterday regarding the payment of municipal taxes and utilities.

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Mayor apologizes for snow-clearing time delays during recent storm

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Taxes to increase 3.5 per cent under pressure from provincial cuts, winter control costs

Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham is apologizing for some side streets and rural roads not getting cleared within their usual time frame during last week’s multi-day storm.

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Innovation cluster will add to a ‘growing and diverse economy’ in Kawartha Lakes

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Many local politicians and City staff were on hand to launch the new initiative.

On February 11, the Innovation Cluster officially opened at 180 Kent Street West in Lindsay. An incubator for high growth entrepreneurs and businesses, the Innovation Cluster provides mentoring, workshops, space and access to specialized resources and complements Economic Development’s services for local entrepreneurs.

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BIA concedes challenging years ahead but lots to celebrate, too

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Kawartha Lakes CAO supports many ideas in new Green Party municipal plan
Lindsay's downtown is under reconstruction for two years. Photo: Roderick Benns.

Absent at a recent BIA meeting were the angry rants and finger-wagging at business leaders and city officials that one might have expected, given the looming major downtown reconstruction. Instead, the tone and atmosphere was mostly buoyant.

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Bell launches new broadband wireless Internet service in rural Kawartha Lakes

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Nearly half of Kawartha Lakes City Council showed up to hear what Bell representatives had to say about new rural, wireless broadband.

It’s the first thing on the minds of people who are considering the possibility of moving to Kawartha Lakes – or any largely rural municipality. ‘How’s the Internet?’

Bell today announced the expansion of its Wireless Home Internet wireless broadband service to more communities in the Kawartha Lakes region and Peterborough County, including Kirkfield, Lindsay and Little Britain.

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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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