New budget for Hawkesbury ready to go

Gregg Chamberlain
EAP
Unless there are any last-minute changes Hawkesbury will have its 2021 municipal budget approved next Monday with a 2.5 per cent tax increase.

“This is very acceptable,” said Mayor Paul Assaly at the end of the second review session February 2 on the 2021 budget draft.

“This year has been exceptional,” said Philippe Timbers, municipal treasure, in his final summary of the planning and calculations involved in completing the 2021 budget.

“All in all, a very good budget,” said Councillor Yves Paquette. His comment was echoed by the other members of council attending the virtual review session.

The final budget report goes to council for approval during its February 8 session. The total budget, including operations and capital works, totals $34,288,441.

The municipal levy portion of the budget is $11,144,414. This is the amount of property taxes the municipality must collect. All other budget funds include provincial and federal grants and subsidies, user fees, interest on accounts, and other sources of revenue.

This year’s budget includes a tax increase of 2.5 per cent. For the average homeowner with a house and property valued at $162,370, this will mean an increase of $39.23 for the municipal part of their property tax bill.