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Residents make last pitch for road inclusion as budget approval looms Monday night

Posted December 12, 2013

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.

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