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Budget approval expected tonight, taxes, water, sewer rates to climb

Posted December 16, 2013

Pending any further significant changes to the proposed 2014 municipal budget, councillors are scheduled to vote on the package which increases the average local share of property taxes by $113.57 or 7.05 per cent more than 2013, on a home with a market value assessment of $313,324.

When Simcoe County's 1.87 per cent hike, and a 4.17 per cent reduction in education taxes, the total average tax bill will climb to $3,319.26, an increase of 126.83 or 3.97 per cent.

If approved tonight in a special meeting of council, it will mark the first time New Tecumseth has passed two budgets in the same calendar year.

The 2014 budget proposes to raise $24.4 million in taxes, to cover the shortfall for approximately $32 million in expenditures. Among the capital projects proposed are:

  • Tottenham Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Mill Street Sanitary Pumping Station & related works
  • Alliston Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrades
  • New Tecumseth & Adjala- Tosorontio Town line (9th to 11th line) road works
  • 15th Sideroad (6th to the 8th Line) road works
  • New Tecumseth Recreation Centre- 54+ Facility construction
  • Trail Development
  • Self Propelled Equipment & Fleet replacements;
  • and Fire Station #3 Expansion - Tottenham
The budget also will add about $5.9 million in long term debentures including:
  • 2014 Road Upgrade program- $2.4 million
  • Fire Vehicles (Fire Tanker and Rescue Truck)- $300,000
  • Alliston WWTP upgrades - $3.2 million - (development charge reserves that are available will be used prior to the issuance of long-term debt).
Total accumulated Post-employment benefit liability for the Town as at December 31,
2012 was $4,147,879. The preliminary estimated net liability for 2013 is approximately
$3.5 million with the 2014 estimate not available, according to the budget documents.

The budget package also includes a provision to resume COLA increases to Council remunerations starting in 2014.

Additionally, water and wastewater rates are poised to increase by 4.6 per cent . Starting April 1, 2014, residential rates will climb to 1.82 per cubic metre for water, and wastewater ($3.64 combined rate).

A couple of changes that could occur tonight include a request by residents of the 6th Line to have their road paved, as well a request by Matthews House Hospice for $2,300 per month to help cover the rent/operating costs of one of their rental housing units at Kingsmere. The report on tonight's agenda seeks council direction. Matthews House currently receives a $2,000 annual grant.

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