Budget 2022 approved for East Hawkesbury

East Hawkesbury Township now has its budget ready for 2022.

“They worked hard,” said Mayor Robert Kirby, during a phone interview, regarding all the preparation and revisions municipal staff did on the draft budget and the final version that council approved during a November 22 special session.

The 2022 municipal budget is $5,949,470, including the municipal property tax levy. The final budget includes a three-per-cent increase in taxes.

Final approval of the budget will take place during council’s last session of the year in December. The actual tax rates for the different property classes will be presented in January for council to review and approve before the spring mail-out of tax notices to all landowners.

Mayor Kirby noted that council had hoped to limit the tax increase to two per cent as was done for the 2021 budget. But he said some unexpected expenses, like repairs to one of the municipal fire trucks and purchase of a new rescue vehicle, required a three-per-cent tax increase to achieve a balanced budget for the municipality in 2022.