Produced by City of Kawartha Lakes Finance Department
Geographically, City of Kawartha Lakes is one of Canada’s largest municipalities. With a relatively sparse population, our smaller tax base serves a large expanse of roads.
Roads and related assets make up $1.7 billion of our $3.2 billion in assets.
We own and maintain more roads than a return trip to Florida!
*Tip: Because the number of lanes can vary but each lane needs maintenance, roads are measured by ‘lane km’, so a 4-lane road would have 4 km total lane km and a 1-lane road would have 1 total lane km.
How does our tax support compare with other municipalities?
Toronto has 80 households contributing taxes to pay for each lane km of road
. . . and Peterborough has 37 households contributing toward each lane km of roads.
City of Kawartha Lakes has 7 households that contribute to paying for each lane km of our roads.
We’re steadily increasing both Operating and Capital investment in our roads.
Winter road maintenance is expensive, and we are continually increasing the budget. The 2019 budget hit almost $9 million, an increase of over 50% in 10 years.
Roads are a high priority for your tax dollar support.
How do we measure up?
In Toronto, 5% of taxes pays for roads.
In Peterborough, 20% of taxes pays for roads.
In City of Kawartha Lakes, 35% of your taxes pays for roads.
City of Kawartha Lakes is steadily increasing the amount of work being done on our road system. Many factors affecting this expense are variable or temporary, e.g., weather. Although roads are a very high priority, taxpayers fully expect council to balance roads with other demands and still keep taxes at a reasonable level.