Posted on February 15, 2017 at 1:00pm
Township budget approved
Property owners in Champlain Township can expect to see their tax notices showing up in the mail soon now. Township council approved the 2017 municipal budget though few members of council are happy about all of it.
The 2017 budget totals $22.7 million, and that includes a $5.3 million municipal levy, which is made up of the property taxes that the township collects as part of its revenue needs. The rest of the budget revenue list includes provincial grants, water and sewer user fees, and other sources of funding.
This year’s budget features a 6.6 per cent increase to the municipal levy. During Tuesday’s final discussion of the budget, before its approval, several council members expressed concern about the levy increase. Most other municipalities in Prescott-Russell managed budgets with smaller percentage increases to their levies.
Champlain Mayor Gary Barton told council that the 6.6 per cent increase is “unavoidable” because there are some expenses included in this year’s budget, such as an increase to the policing service contract fee, which are fixed and cannot be either held off to another year or ignored.
This year’s township budget also includes about $10 million for capital works, part of which are some of the costs for the planned upgrade of the municipality’s waste water treatment system. The township is getting provincial funding assistance with that expense.