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Notice of Public Meeting and Information Centre - 2018 Draft Budget

11/01/18
The Blue Mountains Council will be holding a Public Meeting and Public Information Centre regarding the 2018 Draft Budget on January 22, 2018.

Public Information Session and Public Meeting

The Blue Mountains Council will be holding a Public Information Session and Public Meeting to provide information to the public and to allow the public the opportunity to review and comment on the 2018 Draft Budget and supporting Tax Rate Changes as well as the 2018 Draft Water and Wastewater Budget and Rates.

The Public Information Session and Public Meeting will take place as follows:

Monday, January 22, 2018

Public Information Session 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Public Meeting at 7:00 p.m.

Town Hall, Council Chambers,

32 Mill Street, Thornbury, ON N0H 2P0

A copy of the Notice of Public Meeting can be viewed here.

A copy of the 2018 Draft Budget can be viewed here.

A copy of the Draft Water and Sewer Charges By-law can be viewed here.

A summary of the 2018 Draft Budget and Water and Wastewater rates can be viewed here.

2018 Draft Budget

County Budget Update: On January 11, 2018 the County of Grey announced that the 2018 County Budget was being proposed at a 0.36% increase over 2017, which is down from the 0.83% increase originally proposed. The Town has re-calculated the blended tax rate based on this change.

2018 Draft Town Budget:

The 2018 Draft Budget provides for the same service level and the same services delivered at a 0.74% increase over 2017. With the Draft Additions to the Base Budget added in, the Town Tax Levy Rate is now a 2.07% increase over 2017. The blended tax rate, which combines Town, County, and Education tax rates, is 1.00%.

Draft Water and Wastewater Rates

The water and wastewater rates are a combination of a Fixed Charge and a Consumption Charge that is based on actual consumption.

The 2018 Draft Water Budget does not include any increases in the Fixed Charge or the Consumption Charge over the current 2017 rates. The 2018 Draft Wastewater Budget includes a 2% increase to the Consumption Charge over the current 2017 rates.

This 2% increase to wastewater would see the average household wastewater bill increase by $6 per year. This is based on a residence using a residential 5/8" water meter and an average of 30 cubic meters of water every two months.

The Infrastructure Renewal Fee for Water and Wastewater remains constant for 2018 as the Town continues to make increased contributions to the Water and Wastewater Asset Replacement Reserves.

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