Residents make last pitch for road inclusion as budget
approval looms Monday night
New Tecumseth council hosted a public input session last night in
regards to the draft 2014 municipal budget, and the lone significant
request came from residents living on the 6th Line who asked their road
be paved between 10 and 15 Sideroad. Currently it is not listed among
the capital projects proposed.
Last Saturday, councillors in a working session agreed to use $575,300
from gas tax reserve funds to pave the 15th Sideroad between the 6th
and the 8th Line - requested by Ward 5 councillor Donna Jebb. The 6th
Line work is approximately the same estimated cost, but it could only
be financed without impacting the budget numbers by flipping projects.
In both cases, however, the 15th SR and the 6th Line projects are
listed in the most recent $95,000 roads needs study as projects to do
within five years (the 15th), and between 5-10 years (6th Line).
A working session that was scheduled for tonight has been cancelled by
the mayor, and pending any further amendments, it's expected the 2014
budget will be ratified by council Monday night - both a committee of
the whole, and special council meeting are scheduled.
As it stands now, the Town would tap ratepayers for $24.4 million in
property taxes, an increase of $1.54 million, or 6.96 per cent more
than 2013. That's down from a first draft of 8.14 per cent increase.
The overall budget is approximately $32 million.