After the first budget meeting for South Dundas council, March 4, it appears that South Dundas property owners can expect to see a modest increase in their taxes.
That increase, to the municipal portion of property taxes, is likely to be around two per cent.
The draft budget presented shows that South Dundas needs about $91,000 more than last year to cover the cost of day to day operations and to go forward with staff-determined priority capital projects in each department.
Council is now in the process of reviewing the departmental list of capital projects, to determine whether staff priorities fit with council priorities.
Throughout budget deliberations council has been asked to keep in mind some major costs on the horizon, including financing the $4 million Morrisburg Collegiate Institute redevelopment and the need to fund the expansion or closure of its landfill sites which are both nearing capacity.
Council could choose to add some of those costs to this year’s budget to minimize the long term impact.
Council will meet again next week to continue budget talks.