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Property taxes in Ottawa to increase by 3% in 2020

The average urban home will pay an extra $109 per year in taxes.
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Property taxes in the City of Ottawa will rise by three per cent in 2020, as per the city's finance and economic development committee. 

The hike was unanimously approved by committee members for the 2020 municipal budget plan and includes a two per cent increase to the city-wide tax levy, a three per cent increase to the Ottawa Police Services levy and a 6.4 per cent total increase to the transit levy.

The increase will see the tax bill rise by an average of $109 for an urban home, and $229 for a commercial property.

Mayor Jim Watson said the number made sense.

"We have to balance the needs of all of the groups that come and want us to invest in various programs with ensuring that the city remains affordable," he explained.

He says its a 'reasonable compromise' considering the pressures from the provincial government.

According to the city, changes at the provincial level to public health, children's services, and long-term care funding cost the city $13.8-million.

"We managed to stave off a pretty significant cut midway through our fiscal year by having the Premier not make these cuts retroactively, but now we have to face them in January," said Watson.

The budget plan will go to council Wednesday morning for approval.

The 2020 draft budget will be tabled on November 6 and will be adopted on December 11. 




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