Budget approval expected tonight, taxes, water, sewer rates
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
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
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
Self Propelled Equipment & Fleet replacements;
and Fire Station #3 Expansion - Tottenham
The budget also will add about $5.9 million in long term debentures
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
Total accumulated Post-employment benefit liability for the Town as at
2012 was $4,147,879. The preliminary estimated net liability for 2013
$3.5 million with the 2014 estimate not available, according to the
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.