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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Owen Sound Budget Passes

Owen Sound | by Ken Hashizume  

Levy increases by 2.51 percent, ratepayers will see their tax bill go up by another $88.

Property owners in Owen Sound will see a slight raise in their tax bill.

City Council passed their 2019 draft budget  on Monday.

When you factor in the County and Education portion, the tax increase amounts to a 2.51 percent or about an average of $88 more per home.

A report by Director of Corporate Services Kate Allan noted that the OMPF funding (Ontario Municipal Partnership Funding) will be virtually unchanged from last year.

She also pointed out that Grey County lowered its budget increase from 2.3 percent to 1.75 percent, and the Owen Sound Police Services lowered their's from 3.7 percent to 2.25 percent.

Those factors contributed to the City's increase to go down from the proposed 2.93 percent.

Mayor Ian Boddy says the City had been letting roads deteriorate in order to save money.

He says they are now trying to put at close to a one percent increase into capital to get their infrastructure back into shape.

Boddy says there are increases budget such as wages that the City can't control.

He says when you look at what the City can control, the increase is pretty small.

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