On behalf of King Township Council and staff, welcome to the December edition of the King Bulletin.
As we head into the holiday season, I wanted to share a few good items we’ve accomplished recently.
Council approved the 2022 budget with a zero-per-cent tax impact in the Township portion and a 0.75 per cent inncrease for service enhancements.
Our Township has a tradition of keeping the Township portion of taxes low. King leads the way in the GTA with an average 1.11-per-cent increase over the past five years.
Despite holding the line on taxes, we’ve been able to offer service enhancements and a list of capital projects that include:
- Township-Wide Recreation Centre: $75.8 million (2018-2024), Federal/Provincial contribution: $38.8 million, $16,120,000: developer contributions, $20,268,300: development charges
- Bridge and Culvert Rehabilitation: $2 million a year
- Tasca Community Park, Phase 2: $1.4 million
- Cold Creek Conservation Area Restoration: $650,000
- Osin Community Park: $542,000
- Trail Development: $200,000 (2022 and 2023)
The new King City Library branch recently celebrated its grand opening. I’d encourage you to drop by the magnificent new building. It’s one we can all take pride in for years to come. For more details and hours of operation, visit www.kinglibrary.ca.
As part of a cautious approach to maintaining public and staff safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to gradually reopen in-person services, including at the King Township Municipal Centre.
Many in-person customer services are available at the Township Centre from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., as of Monday, Nov. 22:
For more information on what services are available please visit www.king.ca/services.
King has been working hard on green initiatives. We’re in the middle of a project that will see electric vehicle charging stations installed throughout the Township. We secured a $230,000 grant from the Ministry of Natural Resources which, when added to the Township’s $300,000 contribution, will allow for the installation of between 10 and 12 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the Township amounting to over 20 charging connectors. Charging stations will be a combination of both level 2 and level 3 fast chargers.
As you know, businesses have been struggling during the past nearly two years. Please shopKING this holiday season and support our local businesses.
The King Chamber of Commerce has produced a digital Holiday Gift Guide to help you find the perfect gifts while shopping local. Find the guide at www.kingchamber.ca.
On behalf of Council and staff, we wish you a safe, restful and happy holiday season.
Mayor Steve Pellegrini