Town­ship fi­nal­izes tax rates

The Glengarry News - - News - BY AN­GELA BROWN Staff News

It’s now of­fi­cial. North Glen­garry coun­cil adopted the town­ship’s 2016 bud­get last week, af­ter get­ting no feed­back from the pub­lic.

Trea­surer Jo­hanna (An­nie) Le­vac said the mu­nic­i­pal­ity had not re­ceived any ques­tions or con­cerns about the bud­get.

Be­cause of an av­er­age 4.53 per cent prop­erty as­sess­ment in­crease, most home­own­ers will be pay­ing more in prop­erty taxes this year, in spite of a mu­nic­i­pal tax rate freeze.

For ex­am­ple, the as­sess­ment on a $100,000 res­i­den­tial prop­erty has in­creased to $104,530, mean­ing the owner will pay $22.97 more in mu­nic­i­pal taxes this year than in 2015.

At the same time, the town­ship ex­pects to col­lect $4,968,804 in mu­nic­i­pal prop­erty taxes, or $264,304 more than the $4,704,500 that was col­lected in 2015.

Mu­nic­i­pal taxes on $100,000 prop­er­ties will re­main at $507.

For com­mer­cial prop­er­ties as­sessed at $100,000, own­ers will pay $828.40; the tab on an in­dus­trial prop­erty of the same value will be $1,046.10 and mu­nic­i­pal taxes on farm­land will be $126.70.

Wa­ter/sewer bud­get

The town­ship also passed the wa­ter/sewer bud­get that re­flects a two per cent hike on users’ min­i­mum rates. Wa­ter rates will in­crease to $57.79 from $56.66 per month. Sewer rates will rise to $31.53 from $30.91 per month. The town­ship also in­creased the wa­ter/sewer rates in 2015 by two per cent.

Fu­ture plan­ning

The town­ship noted since its last meet­ing, it added $25,000 to both its wa­ter and sewer cap­i­tal fund for un­fore­seen cap­i­tal costs. This money isn’t ear­marked for any spe­cific projects in 2016.

It also in­di­cated since it doesn’t have many re­lated planned cap­i­tal projects for 2016, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity will trans­fer $279,842 to its wa­ter re­serves and $178,225 to its sewer re­serves. The town­ship will need th­ese funds for fu­ture cap­i­tal projects.

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