On behalf of King Township Council, welcome to the January edition of the King Bulletin.
As we look forward to 2023 and the new term of Council, there are four top initiatives that it is important to complete. With King’s team approach, and the assistance of Council and staff, I am confident of our success.
These initiatives include:
- The completion of our Township-Wide Recreation Centre
- Investment in King’s infrastructure and continuing our paving strategy
- Continued financial responsibility with proper reserves
- Advocacy for a hospital here in King
Township-Wide Recreation Centre
We broke ground on the Township-Wide Recreation Centre in 2022. Construction on this project is underway, with an opening date set for 2024.
The Centre will be a state-of-the-art, carbon-neutral, fully accessible recreation complex. We are thankful for the partnership with our federal and provincial government partners, and Seneca.
Investments in King’s Infrastructure and Paving Strategy
King continues to make capital improvements to our infrastructure. This includes park and trail redevelopment, drainage improvements, watermain and sewer upgrades, stormwater works, and bridge and culvert rehabilitation.
In King, we are committed to continuing to work with the private sector to ensure our residents and businesses have the Internet access they need for the work and personal usage. Since 2019, there has been a 47-per-cent increase in homes with access to newly available broadband.
The paving of local roads in King is a priority. From 2019 to 2021, more than 36 kilometres of roads went from gravel surface to paved surface, and another 58 kilometres were upgraded with asphalt improvements and surface treatments, and nine more kilometres of road were scheduled for improvements in 2022.
Continued Financial Responsibility
I am proud of our financial record in King.
Council approved a 0.75-per-cent increase in the Township’s portion of the 2022 budget, maintaining a tax increase of close to zero per cent for the Township portion of the annual property tax.
The average increase for the Township portion of municipal tax is now 1.11 per cent for the period between 2018 and 2022, positioning King as having one of the lowest tax increases in the GTA.
To ensure the Township’s ongoing financial health, the annual budget contributes to the Township’s reserve funds. The contribution for 2022 is $7.4 million.
Advocacy for a Hospital in King
King Council recently passed a resolution to formally request that that the Province of Ontario fast-track approval for the new Southlake Regional Health Centre in King. We look forward to working with Southlake and the Province to plan for the ongoing health needs of King and nearby communities.
Mayor and Council pancake breakfast
Mark January 28 on your calendar for the annual pancake breakfast brought to you by Mayor and Council.
The event takes place between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at the Dr. William Laceby Community Centre and Arena in Nobleton.
Bring your appetite and your skates and join me for a free skate following the breakfast.
Happy New Year
As 2022 draws to a close, I wish you and yours a safe, peaceful and prosperous New Year.
Please continue to stay safe, volunteer and shop locally as much as you can.
Mayor Steve Pellegrini