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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tax Hike in Blue Mountain

Blue Mountains | by Jon Meyer  

Council approves 2011 budget with 2.7 per cent tax hike that lowers with other levies.

Ratepayers in the Blue Mountains are looking at a 2.7 per cent municipal tax increase over last year.

Director of Finance Robert Cummings says when you factor in county and education rates, the total increase actually drops to 2.11 per cent.

For the average assessed home at 300 thousand dollars -- Cummings says it translates into an increase of .18 cents a day.

After beefing up fire fighting services in 2010, Cummings says council worked hard this year to budget for the increase salaries - as they added a few positions.

And like many other municipalities, Cummings says council dealt with utility and insurance increases.

He did applaud councillors for designating 100 thousand dollars into their roads reserve.

Council met Monday night to officially pass the budget by-law.

 


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