by Doug Tennant
It took no time at all for Laurentian Hills council to put the stamp of approval on their 2018 municipal budget last Wednesday evening.
Due to the absence of Mayor Reinwald, Deputy Mayor Anne Giardini called last week’s council meeting to order and after just 21 minutes, council had passed this year’s budget with an effective zero per cent increase in the tax rate for a sixth year in a row.
2018 is the second year of the four-year phased-in assessment representing the current market value of properties as of January 1, 2016.
When the average residential phased-in assessment increase valuation of 2.2 per cent is factored in, this accounts for an actual increase of $16.33 on a typical residential assessment of $100,000.
The Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) provincial grant for Laurentian Hills was reduced by $8,200 in 2018 but that did not stand in the way of council putting forth a proactive stamp of overall community improvement regarding the operations of the town.
Expenditure highlights of the budget include $60,000 for new computer hardware/servers to replace the older equipment which is no longer supported and has reached its service life; $190,000 for a new fire department rescue vehicle; $285,462 for new public works vehicles; and $250,000 for the new boat launch.
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