Mu­nic­i­pal share up $9

The Glengarry News - - News - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

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.

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