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Friday, March 4, 2011

Bruce Sends Budget Back

Bruce County | by John Divinski  

'Too Much Fat' in 2011 draft budget with 1.3 million dollar increase in spending.

A draft budget was presented to the Bruce County Corporate Services Committee calling for 1.3 million dollars more in spending this year than last.

Treasurer Bettyanne Cobean says the budget stands at 35.3 million dollars and the increase represents a 3.99 per cent hike in the levy from last year.

Cobean says on an average assessed home in the county of 178 thousand dollars -- the increase represents a 31 dollar increase in taxes.

Cobean says in total about 15 new staff members were requested by various departments as well.

There are about 700 people employed by Bruce County right now.

County councillor and North Bruce Peninsula Mayor Milt McIver says he can't support the budget as it stands right now and has a real concern with the additional staffing requests.

McIver says department heads are going to have to prioritize any new staff but he says many just aren't going to happen.

He says county taxpayers simply can't afford to back 100 per cent service within the county.

County councillors will take another look at the budget on March 24th.


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