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Huron County Approves 2019 Budget

Huron County | by Peter Jackson  

While residential tax rate will decrease, farmers will see rise in taxes due to higher land assessment values.

The residential portion of the Huron County property tax bill is dropping by almost three per-cent, but that doesn't mean all homeowners will pay less.

Council Wednesday passed its $41.7 million spending plan for 2019.

Warden Jim Ginn tells Country 104.9 News that provincial assessments of agricultural land keep increasing, so most farmers will likely face a higher tax bill.

Ginn says County staff take the total assessment amount and divide it by what's needed to hold the line on services, to come up with the tax rate. 

He notes that assessments are based on the market value of farm land, which has been increasing rapidly in the past several years.

Ginn says the level of spending is going up by 2.75 per-cent over 2018.

He has warned against being too conservative in spending, because delayed projects will cost more in the future.

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