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There is a lot to talk about this year as Council undertakes the process of deciding on the 2020 - 2023 Multi-Year budget. I have heard from some of you the concerns of increasing our tax levy. There will be many challenges that Council will have to deal with this time out. How do we meet the needs of the community? How do we continue with our vision to make our City better for future generations? How do we deal with inflation that is at 2%? How do we continue to provide over 100 services to the community and update our infrastructure? How do we continue to maintain our excellent AAA credit rating?
As a representative on the Board of The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) I have concerns on the recent downloading by the Provincial government. We are just starting to understand the recent Provincial budget and how municipalities will be affected. Some of the concerns that we need to deal with will be decreased amounts in gas tax revenue, the reorganization of Health Units in Ontario and EMS and while Conservation Authority’s mandate is to provide protection of property and people, funding for flooding and erosion control have been reduced by 50%. Staff are looking into finding 4 Million to offset these deficits.
The City of London has implemented sound fiscal planning principles and surpluses that go to 50% debt reduction and 50% to reserves. During the past 4 years we have made significant progress in reducing the debt, reducing the impacts to the tax payer. We have added economic investments in our downtown while increasing density which adds more to our tax base.
We have seen large infrastructure projects in our ward like the Bostwick Community Centre, Colonel Talbot Pumping Station, Lambeth Main Street Project, infrastructure improvements on Byron Baseline and Commissioners Road and the timelines moved up for Southdale Road east and west of Boler Road.
We live in a wonderful City. What services do we cut? In June the City of London will start the public engagement process with pop up events. The budget will be tabled in December 2019 with a public participation meeting in January 2020 and final approval in March 2020. I want to encourage all of you to participate through the Get Involved London website.
I will be providing links so that you can provide input on the decisions we are facing. If you want to know more about the 2020-2023 budget, please check City of London Budget where there are several ways to learn more.
I encourage residents to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, 226-927-0439 or go on my website at www.annahopkins.ca to discuss your concerns, issues or what’s happening in your areas so that I can best represent my constituents.
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Want to let City Hall what you think London's Strategic Priorities should be for the next four years? Check the link on the GetInvolved London web page to learn more, or check our new Strategic Plan page for more information!
Dingman Creek EA Public Information Centre #2
Wed Jun 19, 2019 - 6 - 8 PM
Boswick Community Centre - Multi-Purpose Rm !
501 Southdale Rd W
The City of London is making adjustments to City-managed parking lots and on-street parking affected by construction conditions to provide the best possible access to local businesses. Check the link below to see the map and find details.
Interested in commenting on upcoming development Applications?
Check the Calendar page to see Notices arranged by comment DUE DATE. Where available, links and documents are attached.
Active & Safe School Initiatives for St. Nicholas Catholic School
Congrats to the team for joining this wonderful program encouraging active school travel planning!
London Community Grants Program and Review Panel
Applications are open for London-based non-for-profit organizations to apply for funding for the Multi-year stream 2020-2023 and annual innovation and Capital stream for 2020.
The 2020-2023 funding allocation will include:
Applications for funding close June 24, at 4:30 p.m.
All information and application portal can be found here: London-Community-Grants-Program.
London Community Review Panel
The Community Review Panel makes decisions on all applications to the London Community Grants Program. Community Review Panel members will individually assess all applications and will then participate in formal group meetings to finalize decisions about the allocation of funding. The City of London is looking for two to three (2-3) community members-at-large to be part of the London Community Grants Program Community Review Panel to evaluate grant applications.
Individuals can review the role of a Community Review Panel – Community Member-at-Large role, and apply here: Community Review Panel. This application opportunity will close Monday, June 10.
Lambeth Area Community Improvement Plan Update
On July 22, a Public Meeting will be held at the Planning and Environment Committee, not to be heard before 5:30 PM to hear comments regarding the implementation of the Lambeth Area Community Improvement Plan (CIP) to establish a long-term vision for improvement in the Lambeth Area. To learn more follow the link below. Note: this meeting is not to discuss the Main St. Reconstruction project.
Gateway Casino Application
For those wanting more information about the proposed application, check the link below.
It's Construction season again!
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- What City of London services are of value to you? - The #LdnBudget team is in the initial stages of the 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget process and want to hear from you. Tell us what City provided services are important to you and your family.
- Book your free in-home water assessment - The Growing Naturally Home Water Assessment Program offers Londoners a free in-home service to identify water usage, potential plumbing leaks & tips to reduce your water bill. Book your time with the @CityofLdnOnt #Water team now.
- King Street Celebration - Head to the Covent Garden Market Evening Farmers’ Market on Thursday, June 13 to get your market goods, shop downtown storefronts & learn more about how the new King Street works.
- Neighbourhood Movie Nights - Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy free outdoor movies in neighbourhoods throughout the city this summer. Check the schedule to see where the next one is showing near you!
- Fall Colour Isn't Normal - A deadly tree disease is just across the border in Michigan, and we can all help prevent its spread. Fall colours on oak trees in the summertime is not normal. Learn signs and report it if you see it.
- Drop-in Programs - Looking for something fun to do? Check out a drop-in recreation program at a community centre near you! No need to register in advance – purchase a single-visit or 10-visit pass, pick your activity, and then show up!
- Community Better Challenge - Communities across Canada are getting active from May 31 – June 16 on a quest to be crowned Canada’s Most Active Community and win $150,000 to support local physical activity initiatives. Want to get involved? Download the free ParticipACTION app and track your activity!
- Game 6 -NBA Finals - The Toronto Raptors could take it all tonight! Dundas Place will be once again turn into “Jurassic Park” for Game 6 of the NBA Finals as the City hosts another free viewing.Fans are invited to Dundas Place, Dundas Street between Ridout Street and Talbot Street, for the pregame show starting at 8 p.m. and tip off at 9 p.m.