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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Tax Hike in Grey Highlands

Grey Highlands | by Kevin Bernard  

Council approves 2016 budget with 3.98% tax hike; nearly $1-million for roads.

Grey Highlands Council has finalized the 2016 budget, and it works out to a 3.28 per cent property tax hike for homeowners.

Mayor Paul McQueen tells Bayshore Broadcasting News the increase is slightly below the 2015 level and is the blended rate which includes school and County taxes.

On the average home assessed at $295,000 -- McQueen says it works out to $98 more a year in taxes.

The budget contains $2.4-million in capital expenses -- with $955,000 for road upgrades, $698,000 for bridges and nearly $500,000 for vehicles, equipment and transportation.

Mayor McQueen says some of the roads slated for improvements this year include 22-B, part of road 63, side road 35 and a section of road 22-A.

Included in the 2016 budget there is a two per cent boost for wages of municipal staff.


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