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Shelburne to spend $61,100 to cover Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex shortfall

Shelburne council directed town staff to allocate $61,100 from the COVID Safe Restart Fund to the Centre Dufferin Recreation Complex (CDRC) budget.

The town’s portion of this year’s CDRC budget is $301,825. This included an additional levy specifically for COVID-19 implications. This amount was identified as $150,000, with Shelburne’s share being $93,000.

“We don’t need to utilize the full COVID funding of $93,000 because we are collecting from the ratepayers, extra that we hadn’t budgeted ourselves,” said Holmes. “At this point, to cover the 2021 budget for the CDRC, we would only need to utilize $61,100 out of that $100,000 they put in the reserves.”

The town had to change their adopted budget because staff anticipated more shortfalls this year to reduce revenues and increase COVID-19 expenses.

Within the town’s adopted 2021 operating budget, an estimated increase of 19 per cent was needed for the CDRC for a total of $240,725. This represents a budget shortfall of $61,100.

The town anticipates the CDRC will experience additional costs associated with COVID-19. At year-end, they think it may be necessary to place any unused COVID funding in reserve again to assist with 2022 budgets that will incorporate 2021 shortfalls.

Shelburne receives $322,625 from the province

The provincial government announced financial support through the 2021 COVID-19 Recovery Funding for Municipalities program.

The province directed more money to the safe restart agreement, for a third time, in March. The province provided this funding based on the proportion of COVID-19 cases in the public health unit for each municipality between Jan. 1 and Feb. 18. Shelburne is eligible for $112,225. These funds are scheduled to be received in two equal payments, on May 1 and Nov. 1.

Municipalities must provide two reports back to the province in June and again in the spring of 2022. These reports will include reduced revenues in addition to the increased expenditures.

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In January 2021, the province transferred money, for a second time, to the safe restart agreement. Shelburne received $35,000 in January.

The town received $175,400 under the first phase of the safe restart agreement to address priority COVID-19 operating pressures in 2020. At the end of that year, staff recommended $100,000 of this funding be placed in reserve at year-end to offset unknown costs in 2021.
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