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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Budget Talks Continue

Kincardine | by John Divinski  

Kincardine tax payers will have to wait a bit longer to find out what the 2018 tax bill will look like.

 
As it stands right now, the municipal portion of the tax rate stands at a 4.65% increase over last year due, in part, to some staffing positions that have been added.
 
On a home assessed at $244,000, it means close to a $70 hike on the tax bill.
 
Treasurer Roxana Baumann says if you add education and county levies, the rate hike is 1.68% or almost $49 on that same average assessed home.
 
Mayor Anne Eadie says some progress was made Wednesday night but it's becoming difficult.
 
Eadie says "We want to take advantage of the window of opportunity we have with the Bruce Power MCR (Major Component Replacement project) to have our municipality ready for further development."
 
She says, simply put, it's "managing growth."
 
Several big ticket items were deferred to a future meeting, including a possible new build of the Whitney Crawford Community Centre and Library in Tiverton.
 
Estimated cost is almost $5 million dollars.
 
Also the Highways 9 and 21 servicing project in Kincardine is deferred until more information is available.
 
Without servicing in that area, it's unlikely municipally-owned land will be developed.
 
The project is estimated at just over $11.6 million dollars.
 
Next budget meeting is set for January 29th, 218.
 
 

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