South Dundas council settles on 3.19 per cent tax increase

MORRISBURG – South Dundas council held its final budget meeting February 23rd and the final result for South Dundas taxpayers will be a 3.19 per cent tax increase.
South Dundas treasurer and chief administrative officer Shannon Geraghty gathered council feedback and pulled out common themes to remove $161,000 from the budget to cut the proposed 5.85 per cent increase back to the newly proposed 3.19 per cent increase.

A 3.19 per cent tax rate increase will mean residential property owners in South Dundas will pay about $15 more per $100,000 of assessment.

Once the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry tax rate increase of 1.3 per cent, which will amount to an increase of $7.62 per $100,000, is included, the impact to tax payers will be about $22.63.

To get to the proposed 3.19 per cent increase, $120,000 was removed from the fleet reserve contribution. With the removal, the reserve would still sit at $480,000. There will still be some vehicles purchased in the coming year, however each vehicle will presented to council on a case by case basis.

Proposed contributions to the sports lending library and a sports lending library storage building were also deleted from this year’s budget.

Two full time staff members had been proposed. The fire administrative assistant becoming a full time position was removed from the budget, however some funds to add an additional day to the part time position were included. The proposal for a full time bylaw enforcement officer position remains in the 2017 budget.

After a lengthy discussion regarding several aspects of the budget, council ended up agreeing with most of what staff had proposed.

Some funds were shifted away from a contribution intended to expand the parking lot at the South Dundas Municipal Centre, to the Coons Road project.

Council agreed that Coons Road will receive improvements, even if it’s only to a portion of the road, as funds will allow.

The budget bylaw finalizing the 2017 budget is expected to be presented to council at the March 7th regular meeting