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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Low Taxes, Development Dominate Kincardine Council's First Meeting

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Mayor Anne Eadie says she is committed to blended tax hike between 2-3%

A small but appreciative crowd was on hand at Kincardine council chambers as a piper led the new council to their seats around the table.

During inaugural addresses by each member of council, December 5th, the two subjects that kept coming up were controlled economic development and keeping taxes as low as possible.

Mayor Anne Eadie admits there are many issues ahead that the council will have to deal with during their term, but she's confident in the mix of returning members and new members.

Including the mayor, there are four returning members of council and five newcomers including Deputy Mayor Marie Wilson.

Eadie says she likes the expertise that each member brings to the table and it bodes well for future decision making.

She says the new council comes in during an exciting time for Kincardine, where growth and development is happening.

Their job will be to develop policies to manage the growth in an orderly fashion.

The first regular council meeting is slated for December 12th but on December 17th, council will begin its deliberations on the 2019 budget.

Mayor Eadie says as always, she wants to see Kincardine's blended tax rate come in at a 2-to-3% increase only.

A blended tax rate takes into account the municipal, education and county levies.

Besides the December 17th budget meeting, two others are scheduled for January 14th and 21st next year.

The new Kincardine council is made up of Mayor Anne Eadie; Deputy Mayor Marie Wilson; Councillors at Large Dave Cuyler, Laura Haight, and Doug Kennedy.

Ward one representatives are Maureen Couture and Gerry Glover.

Ward two reps are Bill Stewart and Randy Roppel.

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