A 1.5 per cent tax in­crease for Rus­sell Town­ship re­si­dents

Le Reflet (The News) - - LA UNE - VI­CKY CHAR­BON­NEAU vi­cky.char­bon­neau@eap.on.ca

Rus­sell Town­ship re­si­dents will see a 1.50 per cent tax in­crease on their 2018 mu­ni­ci­pal tax bill. For an ave­rage hou­se­hold of $320,617 in as­sess­ment, the in­crease re­pre­sents about $24.

Apart from a few mo­di­fi­ca­tions, Rus­sell Town­ship Coun­cil vo­ted in fa­vor of the 1.5 per cent in­crease pro­jec­ted as pre­sen­ted in the first draft a few weeks ago. The Town­ship will conse­quent­ly have a to­tal ad­di­tio­nal taxa­tion le­vy of $413,912. The por­tion from ad­di­tio­nal growth re­pre­sents $251,912 while $162,000 will be ge­ne­ra­ted from the taxa­tion in­crease. This has al­lo­wed the in­fra­struc­ture fund to be in­crea­sed by $24,523, from $1,620,798 to $1,645,321.

Ove­rall, coun­cil mem­bers were ve­ry sa­tis­fied with the ad­mi­nis­tra­tion staff’s ef­forts and the new soft­ware used in the pre­pa­ra­tion of this year’s bud­get, which was said to have made the pro­cess ea­sier.

“This is my twelfth bud­get, and they ha­ven’t al­ways gone as smooth as this one, said coun­ci­lor Ja­mie Lau­rin. Co­ming in with a pre­li­mi­na­ry bud­get al­rea­dy around with a ve­ry good num­ber, being 1.5 per cent, ins­tead of star­ting off at 4 and ha­ving to cut down, made it all ea­sier for us.”

Com­ments made by other coun­ci­lors and mayor Pierre Le­roux echoed the same view. “It was this coun­cil’s last bud­get, said coun­ci­lor Aman­da Si­mard. Since the first one, we have lear­ned a lot and im­pro­ved, so I think the tax­payers can say that our coun­cil was ra­ther stable.”

Al­though the bud­get does not in­clude an in­crease to the water and se­wer fixed rates, the cost for water consump­tion will in­crease by 15 cents per cu­bic me­ter. The im­pact of these rate changes, on an ave­rage home consu­ming 163 cu­bic me­ters of water, is a $25.27 in­crease.

This bud­get al­so in­cludes a 1.5 per cent cost of li­ving ad­just­ment to staff and coun­cil sa­la­ries. Du­ring the No­vem­ber 6 ses­sion, the up­da­ted 2018 user fee by­law and a new com­mu­ni­ty grants lis­tings, as well as a new sa­la­ry grid and or­ga­ni­za­tio­nal chart were al­so ap­pro­ved.

All in­for­ma­tion per­tai­ning to the 2018 bud­get, such as ca­pi­tal pro­jects and to­tal amounts are pos­ted on the mu­ni­ci­pal web­site at Rus­sell.ca.

—pho­to Vi­cky Char­bon­neau

Lors de sa der­nière réunion, le lun­di 6 no­vembre der­nier, le con­seil mu­ni­ci­pal de Rus­sell adop­tait son bud­get pour l’an­née 2018, com­pre­nant une hausse de l’im­po­si­tion fon­cière de 1,5 %. La mu­ni­ci­pa­li­té dis­po­se­ra donc d’un mon­tant sup­plé­men­taire de 413 912 $. La por­tion sup­plé­men­taire re­liée à la crois­sance re­pré­sente 251 912 $ alors qu’un mon­tant de 162 000 $ se­ra per­çu grâce à l’aug­men­ta­tion de l’im­pôt fon­cier. Ce mon­tant a d’ailleurs per­mis d’aug­men­ter la part pour le fonds d’in­fra­struc­ture de 1 620 798 $ à 1 645 321 $. Quant à l’eau et aux égouts, tan­dis que leur taux fixe res­pec­tif de­meure à 344 $ et à 366 $, le taux à la con­som­ma­tion aug­men­te­ra de 6 %, en voyant son taux pas­ser de 2,545 $/m3 à 2,70 $/m3 (+0,155). L’im­pact des chan­ge­ments au taux d’eau et d’égout, se­lon l’uti­li­sa­tion moyenne d’une ré­si­dence consom­mant 163 m3, est une aug­men­ta­tion de 25,27 $. Entre autres, le bud­get com­pre­nait éga­le­ment une aug­men­ta­tion du coût de la vie des échelles sa­la­riales de 1,5 % pour les sa­laires des em­ployés et du con­seil.

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