Prince Edward County has released its proposed budget for 2017.
Starting Monday, council will spend five days deliberating an $11.5 million capital budget and a $33 million operating budget that is seeing 2.8% increase over 2016.
Big ticket items in the capital budget feature $6.7 million for roads including County Road 1, Picton Main Street from Bridge to Spencer Street, Belleville Street in Wellington, Wilson Road reconstruction, Danforth Road, and Main Street in Bloomfield. The County Road 28 bridge replacement is also in the queue along with the Black River and Outlet Bridges Deck.
The $22 million County Road 49 rehabilitation that was included in the 2016 budget has now been moved to 2018.
More items in the capital budget include the Benson Park Revitalization ($400,000), Picton parking lot on King Street ($232,000), Millennium Trail Restoration ($450,000), Picton Fire pumper tanker ($345,000) and a tandem axel truck for roads ($270,000).
Water and wastewater capital spending is coming in at $3 million.
On the operating side transportation services tops the list at $9.2 million, protection services is next at almost $4.5 million, recreation and cultural services is $2.9 million and general government services at $2.2 million.
Chief Administration Officer James Hepburn explained the tax rate hasn’t been set yet and that is expected in the near future.
For a preview of what’s to be discussed click here.