Council passes 2019 municipal budget

MARMORA AND LAKE – Council has adopted the 2019 municipal budget after lengthy discussion and public consultation.

In a day-long meeting between council and staff, the budget was reduced from a 12.53 per cent increase to 5.34 per cent.

A total of $267,400 was removed from the budget. This included removal of $100,000 from the Roads department, $14,000 from Administration, $35,000 from Environmental, $5,000 from Economic Development and $20,000 from the library budget.

Increases to the budget included $2,000 to council’s conferences and training budget and $900 toward utilities at the Community Centre.

With these reductions, the total municipal budget for 2019 is $10,175,001 with $3.9 million of that coming from the tax levy. The municipal base tax rate increase is set at 5.34 per cent.

“Council listened to the public’s concerns and made an effort to reduce to the budget to a tax rate that’s both fiscally responsible and allows for priority infrastructure projects to be completed,” said Mayor O’Neill.

The rate increase will mean the average residential property with an assessed value of $200,000 will see a yearly increase of $70 in taxes.

“The budget document was created based on the strategic and asset management goals of council,” said Municipal Treasurer Alexander Kelly. “This document is a reflection of council’s belief of what best represents the community.”

The Mayor and council would like to thank the public for its input during the budget process.

For more information:

Alexander Kelly, CPA, Municipal Treasurer
613-472-2629 ext 2224

Typhany Choinard, CAO
613-472-2629 ext 2227

Megan AbrahamComment