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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Nottawasaga Budget Hike

Wasaga Beach | by Phil Birchard  

NVCA officials explain proposed 2011 budget to Wasaga Beach Council.

The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority was at Wasaga Beach town council on Tuesday.

Officials presented its proposed budget, and explained the changes it has made over the past year.

The proposed levy increase for Wasaga is just over 3.8 per cent, which is an increase of just over six thousand dollar from 2010.

The proposed budget for 2011 is approximately 186 thousand dollars.

CAO Wayne Wilson and Chair Walter Benotto presented the budget to council, and also answered questions from councillors.

Wilson also told councillors how the levy increase for this year is down from their starting number of 11 per cent.

He also told council that the levy goes towards all of their NVCA programs, which protect our water quality and ensure that people aren't in danger due to flooding.

Benotto explained to council how they have changed the governance of the NVCA over the past year, which will allow board members to be more involved.

He says those changes were prompted by comments from board members feeling they weren't part of the decision making process.

There were also negative comments from municipalities.

Benotto says they've eliminated the executive of the NVCA, 3 advisory committees, and they now go directly to board members for decisions.

He says they will be talking more about the budget on February 25th, and he doesn't know if it will pass or not at that meeting.

If not, it would then be talked about at the next meeting in March.


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