County tax bill up $13.50

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON

The av­er­age home­owner will pay an ad­di­tional $13.50 in county taxes this year af­ter the United Coun­ties of SDG ap­proved a bud­get of just over $41 mil­lion last Wed­nes­day.

Just be­fore the de­lib­er­a­tions be­gan on Tues­day morn­ing, trea­surer Vanessa Ben­nett-Met­calfe pre­sented a draft bud­get that would have al­lowed a 5.4 per cent de­crease in prop­erty tax rates and an $18.07 de­crease in typ­i­cal res­i­den­tial prop­erty taxes.

How­ever, coun­cil elected to add al­most $1.2 mil­lion to the bud­get’s to­tal tax­a­tion re­quire­ments of $40,934,908. This rep­re­sents a 1.2 per cent in­crease, which keeps pace with the rate of in­fla­tion.

War­den Jamie MacDon­ald wasn’t happy about this, say­ing he’d like to have a “zero bud­get” for once, but was quickly out­voted by his col­leagues.

Coun­cil chose to in­crease the bud­get in or­der to ac­com­mo­date var­i­ous re­quests from the trans­porta­tion depart­ment. Among them: a $374,000 in­vest­ment to upgrade County Road 46 in Alexan­dria.

The route, also known as Macdon­ald Blvd./McDougald Street, is ex­pected to be widely used by trucks now that truck traf­fic re­stric­tions in cen­tral Alexan­dria are in ef­fect.

Mr. MacDon­ald ad­vo­cated for this re­pair, say­ing County Road 46 is in ”very poor shape.”

Of all the ad­di­tional items tacked onto the 2016 bud­get, the re­pairs to County Road 46 are the se­cond most ex­pen­sive. Coun­cil also elected to spend $453,000 to re­pair a sec­tion of County Road 15 near Avon­more.

All in all, the draft bud­get was dubbed “very un­usual” by Ms. Ben­nett-Met­calfe, who noted that it would have al­lowed a de­crease of $23,526, or .1 per cent, from 2015 tax­a­tion re­quire­ments. This is mostly due to a more than $750,000 sav­ings in the county’s . On­tario Pro­vin­cial Po­lice con­tract.

Some other bud­get high­lights in­clude:

A $75,000 emer­gency gen­er­a­tor for the nch Pa­trol Garage. of.

$10,000 for anti-ic­ing ma­chin­ery on one the county’s trucks.

De­fer­ring re­pairs to North Stor­mont’s Stoney Creek Cul­vert, a cost sav­ings of $225,000, and pos­si­bly re-al­lo­cat­ing that

money to an­other bridge. The trans­porta­tion depart­ment has listed seven bridges that are iden­ti­fied as pri­or­i­ties. Two of them are in North Glen­garry – the Camp­bell Mu­nic­i­pal Drain and East Scotch River – and one W. is in South Glen­garry – the ood Creek Cul­vert.

An al­lo­ca­tion of $70,000 for Ro. cross cul­vert lin­ing on County ad 17 in Wil­liamstown.

Coun­cil agreed to give $ 50,000 to North Stor­mont Town­ship to help pay costs in­curred dur­ing last fall’s In­ter­na­tional Plow­ing Match. Last year, the town­ship had paid the coun­ties a $100,000 loan to help pro­mote and plan for the event. By giv­ing $50,000 back, coun­cil ef­fec­tively cut that loan in half.

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