Municipal share up $9
South Glengarry ratepayers won’t feel a significant hit to their wallets when paying the township portion of their property tax bills this year.
Council passed the 2019 municipal budget May 6 resulting in a typical township tax bill increase of .87 per cent, or $9.13. For the average homeowner, based on a 2019 Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assessment of $209,934, that translates into a township bill of $1,053.62 this year. In 2018, the average ratepayer forked out $1,044.49 in municipal taxes. Portions paid to the United Counties of Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and to school boards have decreased this year.
The average ratepayer can expect a total 2019 tax bill of $2,607.13, including the Counties and education shares of $1,215.52 and $337.99, respectively. In 2018, the average taxpayer, with a home assessed at $208,000, paid $2,627.78. This included $1,229.70 that went to the counties and $353.60 that was paid to school boards.
While the township tax rate decreased this year by approximately .05 per cent, the municipality’s net requirement – the total dollar value in taxes that it needs to collect in 2019 to maintain its current levels of service – increased by 5.2 per cent this year, to $9,258,526. In 2018, that figure was $8,804,982.
The 2019 municipal budget includes a number of major infrastructure projects, including the double surface treatment and paving of portions of two roadways – 3.7 kilometres of Frog Hollow Road, with a price tag of $155,000 and 2.6 kilometres of Beaupre Road, pegged at $135,000.