Council Term 2010-2014

News Release

April 28, 2014

On behalf of Council for the Town of Espanola, I would like to thank the residents of Espanola for their patience and trust they have shown during my most challenging time on Council, which can be attributed to the ARB Decision regarding Domtar’s Assessment Appeal.  I am extremely proud of the way Council conducted themselves along with our staff and unions during these trying times.  The Town of Espanola was spared of significant tax increases due to the attentiveness of both Council and staff.

 

Some of the highlights of our accomplishments during this 4 year term include a decrease to  the Residential tax rates from .02485474 in 2010 to .01900915 for 2014; a rate decrease of 23.52%.  Increased reassessment and decreased residential ratios provided for tax increases to be less than 1% for the last 2 years and tax increases of less than 2% during our 4 year mandate.  These increases have been much less than the annual cost of living index increases.  In order to minimize our residential taxes, Council with the assistance of staff and unions reduced $1.2 million of expenses in 2013 and a further cut of $200,000 in 2014. 

Capital projects undertaken during  2010 – 2014
• Water and Sewer upgrades to Tudhope, Barber, Station, Gray & Park Street East of Hwy 6/Centre St, as well as Hunter, Parchment, Appleford and Church
• Equipment upgrades at Water Treatment Plant
• Industrial park expansion
• Mead culvert
• New library roof
• New roof at 91 Tudhope Street
• New shed at cemetery
• New LED lights at complex
• Replace boiler and condenser at complex

Items budgeted for 2014
• New operating software, which will update the current 1980’s software
• Replace 1984 Rescue unit
• Working with MTO to address the Hwy 6 culvert, will proceed with Al Secord Trail at the same time
• Replace loader with plow
• New Public Works vehicle, which will replace the old Care Van
• Replace zamboni
• Address sewage issue with Geotubes project
• Upgrade blowers at Sewage Treatment Plant to be more energy efficient
• Convert to LED streetlights to address energy efficiency

Also during this term the 2010 debt level decreased from $10,360,884 to $7,919,946 (projected yearend balance for 2014) a decrease of $2,440,938.

Although the Town of Espanola will always face challenges in the future, I believe the Town is in a much better financial position as a result of the actions taken by this Council.

For more information please contact:
Mayor Mike Lehoux
Town of Espanola
P (705) 869-1540
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