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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hanover Supports Authority Budget

Hanover | by Robyn Garvey  

Hanover is prepared to support Saugeen Conservation Authority's proposed budget.

Hanover is prepared to support the Saugeen Conservation Authority's proposed budget hike of 5.6 per cent.

That is despite the fact the town will be one of the hardest hit municipalities with the levy increase.

A significant portion of the proposed increase -- 3 per cent -- is a result of the increased operating costs associated with the new larger office in Formosa.

Hanover Councillor Peter Hambly says these are 'one time costs' and will not represent annual increases in the general levy in the years to come.

Hambly notes it leaves an operations levy hike of about 2.5 per cent -- and he calls that a respectable increase.

Hambly hopes the 14 other member municipalities will think so too.

The proposed 1.4 million dollar budget -- which reflects a 74 thousand dollar increase -- will go before the Board of Directors for approval in early March.

If approved, Hanover will be one of five municipalities to experience a levy increase of 5 thousand dollars or greater.

Hanover's 53 hundred dollar increase will raise the town's total levy to just over 101 thousand dollars.

Mayor Kathi Maskell hopes the Authority could take on a project in Hanover soon.

She says it's been decades since a major Saugeen Conservation Authority project took place in Hanover.


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