The COVID-19 pandemic has been tough on the City of Kenora’s metered parking revenue, which is set to continue as northwestern Ontario prepares to move into a new set of public health restrictions on Monday.
During a virtual Committee of the Whole meeting on March 9, Deputy Treasurer Jon Ranger presented a report on the City of Kenora’s January, 2021 financial statements, highlighting expense and revenue fluctuations from what was planned earlier this year.
Ranger explains that during January of 2021, the city saw a $22,835 reduction in traffic and metered parking revenues compared to January of 2020.
“One of the notable items is metered parking revenue. We’ve seen a significant reduction from last year. This year we had a stay-at-home order in January, causing a reduction in traffic and parking.”
He adds that overall, the city’s transportation services’ user fees are under budget with 93.87 percent of the year’s expected budget remaining, and they should be about 2 percent less at 91.67 percent.
On Monday, the Northwestern Health Unit’s catchment area will move into a Red-Control level of COVID-19 restrictions, after the health unit announced two cases of the UK Variant of Concern had been found in the area, along with rising case numbers.
Everyone is asked to assume COVID-19 is spreading in your community, and to self-isolate, get tested and remain in isolation until your test results are known.