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Saugeen Valley Conservation Levy Rises

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Saugeen Shores' bill to rise by $6,900 in 2020.

Saugeen Shores 2020 levy, supporting the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA) is going up.

In a report to Saugeen Shores Committee of the Whole, the authority's Manager of Finance, Laura Molson says they're looking at a 2020 budget of just over 3.5-million-dollars.

The town's general levy is around $350,000 and that will go up by $6,900.

Molson says the money will help support the authority's services such as education, water quality and flood warning programs.

Authority General Manager Dick Hibma says they've had some cutbacks in provincial grant money while the province decides what it's going to mandate conservation authority's to do.

He says it's a real challenge stating, "It's not at all helpful when the province is not clear with their intent and spends all their time issuing press releases and letters to whom it may concern, without adequately consulting those who they're affecting."

He fears in some cases the lack of interest by the province could result in lack of interest by some municipalities who are looking to get out of funding conservation authorities.

The 2020 draft budget calls for 1.6 million dollars to be raised through the general levy, a 2.5% increase over the previous year.

Saugeen Shores will address the increase in budget talks slated for later this month.

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