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Huron County Approves 2017 Levy

Huron County | by Vanessa Culbert  

4.33% increase on county levy, meaning extra $4 for homeowners, $142 for farmers.

Huron County has passed their budget levy.

County Treasurer Michael Blumhagen presented council with two scenarios of a 5 per cent or 4.06 per cent increase.

Capital projects are the big difference between the two figures.

However, council approved a 4.33 per cent increase.

Blumhagen explains the increase is the 4.06 per cent but with 100-thousand added to go to the Clean Water Project.

He says overall levy is $39-million.

Blumhagen says he does not have the exact figures for the 4.33 per cent, but expects ratepayers will pay about four dollars more for an existing residential assessment of $191-thousand.

However, farm owners will see a $142 increase.

Blumhagen says the International Plowing Match in Huron County in 2017 was a big factor in this years budget.

He says there is about $500-thousand in county costs that go to support the county exhibit and other work.

Staff will prepare a by-law to bring back to council in March for final approval.

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