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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Goderich Approves Zero-Increase Budget For 2019

Goderich | by Peter Jackson  

Mayor John Grace says slight increase in taxes expected, due to higher property assessments for 2019.

For the first time in many years, the Town of Goderich has brought in a zero-increase budget -- for now.

The $8.2 million spending plan calls for no direct taxation increase on ratepayers, but property assessment growth from last year will add just over $134 to the average tax bill.

Mayor John Grace says other factors in play are the County and school board tax levies, which may contribute to further increases for Goderich property owners.

During a special budget session Tuesday, Council voted to commit $750 thousand over 10 years for the Alexandra Marine and General Hospital Foundation.

The dedicated funding goes toward a new CT scanner and renovations to AMGH's mental health unit.

The Foundation's initial request was for $1 million, but the Mayor tells Country 104.9 News that the amount was not achievable.

Council has also approved the hiring of a by-law enforcement officer for the beachfront area at a cost of $20 thousand.

Grace praises municipal staff for closely monitoring costs, which enabled Council to hold the line on overall municipal spending from the 2018 level.

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