Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:50 a.m.
Champlain Township council ponders budget wish list
There are quite a few wish list items in the report from administration to Champlain Township council as it starts work on figuring out the 2018 budget for the municipality.
Council received a half-inch-thick sheaf of papers from Chief Administrator Paula Knudsen during a recent special session following the Thanksgiving long weekend. CAO Knudsen emphasized that what council has right now is just a preliminary review report and not the actual budget proposal itself. Council will receive that later in the season.
“This is a draft for council to look at,” Knudsen said, adding the actual draft still needs the property assessment updates from the province. “So we’ll have both the assessments and the (tax) rates.”
Council and staff spent several hours reviewing the preliminary report which contained line-by-line summaries of year-to-date operation costs and revenues for the township under its current 2017 budget. In a few instances the figures for some costs seemed well below the projected budget allocation but whether the township might enjoy a surplus from its 2017 budget remains unknown until after the end of the year when all expenses are totaled and compared with all revenues received, including property taxes and other sources like senior government grants.
One item council did take care of during its first budget planning session was to give administration authority to issue a request for quotes from consultants for a study on the feasibility and benefits of municipal development charges for Champlain Township.
The township is one of the few municipalities in Eastern Ontario and other parts of the province which does not levy special fees on developers for new residential, commercial and industrial projects. In most cases, municipal development charges go into a special reserve fund to support local infrastructure needs.