City taxes set to rise again in 2020

By Mainstreeter Staff

In 2020 Ottawa’s municipal tax rate will rise by three percent just as it did in 2019. And water rates will continue to increase by more: an average of 4.7 percent.

The combined effect will cost residential taxpayers an extra $145, based on the City’s average tax assessment of about $400,000.

The only new project in Old Ottawa East funded by the new budget is the replacement of the play structure at Springhurst Park at a cost of $175,000.

However, many of the city-wide initiatives may benefit local residents.

For instance, $1.5 million is budgeted for 125,000 trees so some of these may find their way to OOE. And the sidewalk snow clearing program will be boosted by $2.9 million so walking might be a little safer this winter.

Similarly, 30 additional police officers are being hired so there may be improved police presence and responsiveness.

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