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It’s that time again, time to make tough decisions. Did you know that this year Council approved a decrease in the 2019 tax levy to 2.7%? This reduced the average increase over the 2016-19 Multi-Year Budget to 2.7%, decreasing the average ratepayer impact from $77 to $74 for that period. Municipal Services from 2016-19 were funded 63% Property Tax ($2.3 B) 24% Grants/Subsidies ($862 M) 8% Other (Interest/Investment) ($307 M) and 5% User Fees ($184 M).
Council is now undertaking its 2020-2023 Multi Year Budget and if you would like to know more check the links below or call me and we can discuss what your priorities are. The next few months Council will be doing all the heavy lifting preparing for the 4-yr multi budget and passing the budget in February 2020.
In the meantime I would like to encourage you to get involved and learn more through the City’s Facebook: @LondonCanada, Instagram: cityoflondonont, or on the Get Involved budget website. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Contact Financial Planning & Policy 519-661-4638.
I would like to also ask you to stay in touch with me. Let me know what is important to you by contacting me at email@example.com or 226-927-0439 or go on my website at www.annahopkins.ca to find upcoming budget meetings.
Check out the What's Happening Page to see new community events and news!
Want to let City Hall know what you think about Residential Speeds? Check the link on the GetInvolved London web page for more information!
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.
Riverbend Park Spray Pad Coming!
Please see information below from Lynn Loubert, Division Manager Aquatics & Arenas:
The City of London, Facilities Design & Construction, is pleased to announce the construction of a new spray pad in Riverbend Park. The start date for this project is fall 2019 and the project completion date is summer 2020. The spray pad is anticipated to be fully operation for the summer 2020 season.
A spray pad is an interactive water spray area with timers that can be used from 9 am till 9pm during the season of Mid May to early September. Sprays don’t come on unless “activated” by a user, therefore not using any water when not in use. Spray pads use potable water and have no standing water. They are designed for a wide range of ages, and are totally accessible.
To ensure safety of residents, the construction site will be completely enclosed with temporary construction fencing that will be installed by the contractor. Access to the construction site will be restricted to authorized personnel only.
The City of London is inviting comments and suggestions regarding the accessible design features of this project, consistent with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. These comments and suggestions can be addressed to Melanie Stone by phone at (519) 661-CITY (2489) ext. 2425, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any questions, or comments regarding this project can be forwarded to Lynn Loubert by phone at (519) 661-CITY (2489) ext. 4423, or by email at email@example.com.
Let's Talk about the Budget
With a big thanks to the Byron Community Organization, Anna, city staff and members of the Ward 9 community met to discuss the upcoming 2020-2023 Multi-Year Budget. Great turnout, and thanks to all who attended!
Lean In, Look Forward: A Youth Engagement Panel
Are you a student or young adult in the London-Middlesex region interested in municipal politics, policy and governance? In partnership with Western University’s Local Government Program, the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is hosting ‘Lean in, Look Forward: A Youth Engagement Panel’ on Thursday, October 24th at 4:15 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in London, Ontario. Join us for the panel and a networking reception with municipal and provincial elected officials and staff as we discuss youth engagement, running for council and careers in the municipal sector.
To learn more about this free event, check this link.
Construction is almost finished for the season!
Stay up to date on when and where, click the links below.
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- Green in the City - Join us Tuesday, October 22 for a Green in the City talk on Transportation – a Powerful Gift focusing on sustainable transportation. This event is free to attend and the first 50 attendees receive a free bike light.
- Leisure Buddies - Age Friendly London has launched a new Leisure Buddies program to match an older adult volunteer, “buddy,” with an older adult participant who faces barriers to participating in social and recreation activities. Apply to be a volunteer or participant!
- Urban Design Awards - Cast your vote for your favourite submission in the 2019 London Urban Design Awards by October 31, 2019. The nominee with the most votes will receive the ‘People’s Choice Award’ . Get your tickets for the Urban Design Awards event.
- A New Senior Satellite - Senior Satellites offer active programming for the 55+ community. Classes start at the new Medway Senior Satellite, at 119 Sherwood Forest Square, Wednesday, October 23. A Grand Opening event will be held November 27.