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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Saugeen Shores Could See 3 Per Cent Tax Hike

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Budget talks have begun and the average homeowner could pay $102 more.

The 2019 budget sessions for Saugeen Shores have begun.

Town staff are confident that a blended tax rate hike of 3% will be the result after discussions.

A blended rate takes into account the municipal, county and school board levies.

Mayor Luke Charbonneau says a 3% blended tax rate would mean an increase of $102.60 on an average assessed home of $310,000.

Charbonneau says not all the numbers are in yet and the county and school board budgets haven't been set, so there's still a chance for change, either up or down.

Some staff could be added in 2019, either brand new or changing a part time staff to a full time position.

Council did approve looking into hiring a permanent Economic Development Officer as the town continues to grow and a wider industrial base is needed in the town.

Staff will come back with a revised look at the operating budget in the weeks ahead.

Council will deal with the capital budget requests on January 22nd.

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