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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Wasaga Beach Budget Passed

Wasaga Beach | by Ian MacLennan  

Municipal tax increase of 2.91%.

The 2019 Wasaga Beach budget has been passed by town council with a 2.91 per cent increase on the municipal portion of the tax bill.

On the average assessed home,  this means a hike of nearly $52 ($51.92).

The county and education portion still have to be factored in.

The town says factors impacting the budget include higher costs for policing and transit,  and new staffing positions.

More than $3 million is being spent on the rehabilitation of the Main Street bridge,  there is almost $2 million set aside for the design of a new twin pad arena,   nearly $1 million for the design of a new library,  and just over half a million dollars for a new rescue fire truck to replace a 26 year old vehicle.

Highlights of the 2019 Capital Program are:
Public Works - Main Street Bridge Rehabilitation $3,203,500
Public Works - Veterans Way Geometrics $2,837,270
Public Works - Ramblewood Dr. Urbanization $1,494,010
Recreation, Events, Facilities - New Arena (Design) $1,800,000
Library - New Library (Design) $1,000,000
Public Works - 58th Street Sidewalk Construction $551,000
Fire - New rescue truck $550,000
Fleet - Fuel Management System $528,290
Parks - Pedestrian Bridges $235,000
Parks - Tennis Courts, reconstruction $150,000
Beachfront Properties - Repairs and Maintenance $108,000


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