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City adds extra $1M to the budget for small business, non-profit and artist relief

Kingston City Council wrapped up their 2021 budget deliberations on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 after three nights of meetings with staff and agency representatives. Council approved a General Municipal Operating budget of $384,133,729, with a Municipal Capital budget of $58,750,013. Additionally, Council voted to approve a $229,570 operating budget for

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City Council meets for second night of budget deliberations

The City of Kingston’s Treasurer and CFO Desiree Kennedy said she was disappointed by the lack of uptake in the municipal public budget engagement process that took place last fall. Overall, 397 people participated in an online survey that ran from October 19 to November 9, 2020. Approximately 60 people

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City approves free short-term parking, winter patios to mitigate pandemic impact

Kingston City Council has voted unanimously to extend Kingston’s patio season through the winter. At their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, councillors approved recommendations from City staff on a number of measures affecting local businesses. The goal is to support safe business operation during the continued COVID-19 pandemic,

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Council moves ahead with motion of support for The Screening Room

City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night in favour of a motion from Councillor Rob Hutchiston, put forth on behalf of The Screening Room theatre. The theatre’s operations have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many constituents have reportedly reached out to their councillors in concern. But it’s

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Council votes to move forward with ‘affordable housing’ project

At their meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, Kingston City Council voted unanimously in favour of an affording housing proposal brought forward by City Staff – but not without a good dose of debate beforehand. The proposal asked that Council support the development on the City-owned site at 1316-1318 Princess

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City Council votes to create more permanent Integrated Care Hub

At their meeting held the evening of Tuesday, Aug.11, 2020, Kingston City Council voted in favour of a report and recommendation regarding the creation of a new, more permanent Integrated Care Hub. The report (available here) was added to the Council agenda last minute, due to the imperative nature of

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Letter: Local doctors ‘disappointed’ by decision on Belle Park encampment

The following is a letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed in this letter do not necessarily reflect those of Kingstonist. While 200 people gathered in Belle Park on the evening of Tuesday, July 7, 2020 with music and speeches in support of the rights of Belle Park residents

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Have your say – Yay or nay: Open budget process

At their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, Kingston City Council discussed the concept of an ‘open budget process,’ which would allow for more public input when Council creates the City’s budget. Moved by Councillor Bridget Doherty and seconded by Councillor Rob Hutchison, the new motion directed City Staff to

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Council gives preliminary approval to $400 million budget, 2.5 per cent tax increase

Kingston City Council has put its preliminary stamp of approval on a $400,267,000 million budget for 2020, approving a tax rate increase of 1.5 per cent for operating costs and a further 1 per cent for capital projects. In doing so, council also has confirmed capital budgets through the end

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