AH budget talks underway
By Sue Tiffin
Published Feb. 22, 2018
Budget discussions are underway in Algonquin Highlands, with two meetings held last week on Feb. 13 and 15, and one planned for the first week of March.
At this point in discussions, the municipal levy increase is about 4.12 per cent. This year is the last of the OPP billing reform phase-in, which is showing the annual increase to be 2.2 per cent (about $106,500) rather than higher increases of about five per cent ($223,000) last year.
“The 2018 budget as presented was prepared with the 2017 Municipal Levy, plus the OPP cost increase of $106,448.00, plus the growth related taxes of $30,028.00,” wrote Tammy McKelvey, Algonquin Highlands treasurer, in the first draft of the budget. “At this point, an additional levy of $43,952 is required. This is an additional .92%, which is below the 1.5% that Council provided as a target. The additional Ontario Municipal Partnership Funding certainly provided the much needed revenue increase that was required to protect the taxpayers from a substantial tax increase.”
Carol Moffatt, Algonquin Highlands mayor, used her social media page to encourage the public to be interested in budget discussions.
“Budget discussions are pretty dry but they're the most important meetings of the year,” she wrote.
“There's lots to discuss and determine: what stays, what goes; what gets approved, what gets deferred; how to do more with less and still meet the ever-changing rules, regulations and requirements.”
The next budget meeting will be held on Friday, March 2.