Last week the mayor released the draft 2013 budget. This budget delivers the lowest annual tax increase in six years by recommending a 2.09 per cent tax rate which is below the 2.39 per cent increase in 2012 and the 2.45 per cent increase in 2011. This budget is a reflection of the balancing act between maintaining service levels while finding savings to offset the cost increase of delivering those services. I believe we have found a consensus on this and I support the proposal.
OC TRANSPO IMPROVEMENTS
I continue to work with staff to improve the OC Transpo service to Kanata South. I am pleased to announce some changes that will improve the service for many users.
After the introduction of the first eight double-decker buses into regular service on Oct. 15, OC Transpo now has more double-decker buses ready to enter service. Kanata South residents can now benefit from five double-decker trips on express route 61 and two on express route 62.
In the early part of 2013, additional double-deckers will be assigned to busy trips on express routes 61, 62 and 66. As more double-decker buses are introduced to the system, the articulated buses that they are replacing will be moved to busy trips on other routes, where they will provide more capacity than the 40-foot buses they will replace. Routes 96 and 118 for example will see articulated busses replace higher capacity trips that are currently served by 40-foot busses.
SUPPORT OUR VETERANS
Nov. 11th is an important day where we recognize and honour our veterans for the sacrifice they made to our country and for our freedom. The poppy, a symbol of remembrance, raises millions of dollars annually. All poppy money collected by a Legion branch stays within that local community and pays for medical equipment, home services and long-term care facilities for ex-service people in need of financial assistance. Please show your support by wearing a poppy and donating to your local Legion. I will be helping to distribute poppies at Costco this Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hazeldean Mall on Nov. 8 from noon to 3 p.m., and at the Superstore on the Nov. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.
AROUND THE WARD
I had the pleasure of joining MPP Jack MacLaren for his fundraising breakfast on Oct. 27. The proceeds from the event have gone to the Kanata Food Cupboard. I would like to thank Jack and his team, as well as everyone who came out to support this great cause.
Work on Stonehaven Drive is progressing very well. Residents can now get a sense of what the finished project will look like and how it will improve their daily commute. I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to share their views on the project and I want to thank Urbandale for front ending the cost of the roundabout so that residents did not have to endure construction for several years. I will continue to challenge our traffic specialists to find ways to improve traffic conditions within our ward.
WORKING FOR KANATA SOUTH
It is my privilege to serve as your councillor and to be a strong voice on the issues that affect you and your family at city hall. Please feel free to contact my office with any concerns or comments, by phone: 613-580-2752, or by email: Allan.Hubley@ottawa.ca. You can also visit my website for more information: www.councillorallanhubley.ca or follow me on Twitter: @AllanHubley_23