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Monday, March 21, 2016

Budget Approved in Georgian Bluffs

Georgian Bluffs | by Bayshore News Staff  

Councillors approved the 2016 budget with 1.9% blended tax increase.

Property owners in Georgian Bluffs can expect a slight increase in taxes now that Council has finalized its 2016 budget.

Mayor, Al Barfoot, says the status-quo financial blueprint was approved on Wednesday with a 1.9 per cent blended tax hike.

He tells Bayshore Broadcasting News the Township is replenishing its reserve accounts with minimal increases to infrastructure and other spending.

The $8.6-million budget is a $300,000 increase from 2015.

Barfoot says some additional costs in 2016 include a $180,000 hike for OPP police services, plus upgrades at the Wiarton-Keppel Airport and the Springmount Drain.

About $75,000 has been allocated for the airport, including the $30,000 that was spent in March to purchase a potential restaurant building on the property.

The jointly owned Biodigester will also receive minor upgrades in 2016.

The average Georgian Bluffs homeowner will pay about $77 more in taxes in 2016.


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