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Friday, March 18, 2011

Few Surprises in GSCA Budget

Meaford | by James Greensmith  

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority requests a 1.7 per cent increase from Meaford.

The Grey Sauble Conservation Authority is requesting a 1.7 per cent budget increase from Meaford council.

The new figure represents cost increases for items that the Authority has no control over, such as workman's comp.

Grey Sauble Conservation Authority spokesperson John Cottrill presented the budget to council at Monday's meeting, saying they have done their best to not increase expenses, as per the request of council.

Cottrill says the Authority had a strong year from a revenue standpoint, and were able to boost their reserve funds going forward.

Mayor Francis Richardson says the 1.7 per cent increase represents the Municipality of Meaford only, as the Conservation Authority is asking for a 2.9 per cent increase overall.

He says the amount each municipality pays is based on assessments for respective areas.

Richardson adds he is pleased with the figure presented by the Authority, and the fact that Meaford has such a low share in the budget expenses.


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