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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

South Bruce Peninsula Council Passes 2019 Budget

South Bruce Peninsula | by John Divinski  

Ratepayers will see their tax bill go up by $11 for a $250,000 home, could be higher when factoring in County and Education portion.


The operating and capital budgets for 2019 in South Bruce Peninsula have been formally approved.

Residents should be ready for a hike in taxes, but a reasonable one.

Director of Corporate Services Karmen Krueger says staff has come back with a budget increase of 2.75% over 2018, for the municipal levy only.

Krueger says on a home assessed at $250,000 the municipal levy means a tax increase of about $6 however, levies from Bruce County and the Board of Education need to be factored in to get the final number, which could result in a higher blended tax bill increase near $11.

The increase though, is a far cry from the early December wish list that staff presented showing a 7.8% hike.

Mayor Janice Jackson says staff was directed to keep any increase under 3% and staff came back with that goal achieved.

Jackson says in 2019, the town will be focusing its money primarily on infrastructure such as a Master Water Plan for Sauble Beach and a Master Recreation Plan the municipality at large, which could include a new aquatic centre.

In any event, the focus will be on parks and recreation, along with the infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Bruce County will be dealing with its budget on Thursday, expected to come in between 3 and 4% as far as a tax hike goes.

 

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