Municipality of South Dundas budget passed March 7th

The Council of the Municipality of South Dundas announced the impact of the 2017 budget, in the following media release handed out after council voted to approve the 2017 budget its regular meeting March 7th.
This is the first year of the four-year phase-in of the province-wide property assessment. A residential property taxpayer in South Dundas with a Current Value Assessment  of $100,000 should experience a 3.18% — or $14.98 — increase over 2016 for Municipal purposes only.

In addition to ongoing operations and maintenance, some details of the 2017 municipal budget include:

– 2017 donations to community organizations and agencies totalling $19,000;
– Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund increase of $24,300, or 2.56% over previous year;
– Contribution made towards a new dog pound;
– Asset Management key road priorities, which includes Pigeon Island Rd reconstruction;
– Formula Funding under the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund increase of $112,720 totalling $189,330 for 2017;
– Federal Gas Tax allocation for 2017 totalling $326,081, financing road and facility projects within the 2017 budget;
– Pedestrian infrastructure improvements within the Village of Morrisburg totalling $321,600;
– Contribution of $400,000 towards bridges within the Municipality;
– Continued contribution to the landfill reserve for future closing costs;
– $103,471 allocated towards upgrades to Morrisburg and Iroquois Beach washroom facilities as well as Morrisburg Waterfront washroom facility;
– Beautification of the two (2) 401 Highway signs installed in 2016;
– Ice surface rehabilitation at the Morrisburg Arena for which a $315,000 Ontario Trillium Grant was received;
– Addition to the South Dundas Municipal Centre parking lot;
– South Dundas website re-design;
– Full-time By-Law Officer position.

The Municipality continues to maintain healthy reserves, and in 2017 contributions are budgeted to address long-term planning projects anticipated in the next 5 to 10 years. This will mitigate future increases when a project is scheduled to be completed.

Municipal services have been maintained, with new projects anticipated to be completed in 2017. The budget was approved at the March 7, 2017 council meeting, and the final tax rates will be calculated for the final billing in June.