The Town of Kingsville has been determined as Essex County’s most affordable for the tenth year in a row.
The verdict comes from the municipal treasurers, and is a collection of data including water and sewerage rates along with property taxes. The numbers are based off the taxes a home valued at $200,000 would face.
Mayor of Kingsville, Nelson Santos, credits the decade of affordability to careful planning, put together by the town council and input from the community. The 51-page strategic plan, released in 2011, details various aspects of Kingsville improvements.
“We identified key projects that would help benefit the municipality as a whole, and then we ranked them,” said Santos. “We tried to get away from the politics, and worked towards where the demands and the necessity for programs were.”
Santos and the council also align their priorities with items that were in step with provincial and federal government initiatives. Backed with grants from the government, recent projects of updating sewage systems and road reconstruction were able to move smoothly…and more economically.
For the future, Santos said the town will continue with the ingredients that they already have, along with taking on a number of park programs to update local green spaces.