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Grey Sauble Conservation Levy Rises

South Bruce Peninsula | by John Divinski  

South Bruce Peninsula in for 2.9% hike

The amount charged to South Bruce Peninsula, by the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority, is going up for 2019.

Authority representatives presented the proposed budget to councillors, saying they get a good return for their money.

Conservation Authority CAO Sonya Skinner says South Bruce Peninsula would see a 2.9% increase over 2018 which amounts to just over 55-hundred-dollars.

In total, the municipality will pay just over $191,000 which is 3rd highest of the 8-municipalities that fund the authority.

Topping the list is town of The Blue Mountains at almost $361,000, over $17,000 more than the year before.
Owen Sound's levy is second highest at $262,700 which represents an 83-hundred-dollar hike from 2018.

She says the money will help the authority provide myriad services to each municipality, including flood forecasting and management of where the good places are to build and not to build for any future municipal development.

She says the authority also maintains land within its catchment area for public use.

Skinner says one of the most popular services is helping to eradicate and control the spread of phragmites.

The Conservation Authority Board of Directors will meet on March 1st for its Annual General Meeting, where a final draft of a budget is expected to be passed.

Municipalities have until February 22nd to make any comments on the proposed budget.

Besides the 3 municipalities mentioned earlier, the GSCA provides services to Arran Elderslie; Chatsworth, Georgian Bluffs, Grey Highlands and Meaford.

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