DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Scugog residents will be seeing a $55 increase on their combined tax bill this year.
At a meeting, on Monday, March 5th, Scugog council approved the 2018 municipal operating budget, in the amount of $12,272,100, which includes a 3.86 per cent tax increase.
Council's original target was a 3.9 per cent increase, but staff were able to bring that down to 3.86.
Treasurer Dianne Valentim described it as a "responsible budget."
As well, according to the treasurer, $416,000 in savings was found through the township's core service and efficiency review.
To put the budget in perspective, when combined with the region and education taxes, homeowners in Scugog with a residence valued at $398,200 will see a $55 increase, a 1.25 per cent increase on the total residential tax bill.
Mayor Tom Rowett said, road work is "a main priority" in the 2018 budget, and said, based on the comments he has had from residents, this budget has been "well received."
"I believe we are doing what our constituents have tasked us to do," Mayor Rowett said. "...I'm very happy to be handing it over to the next term of council with the processes that have been adopted in place, and and the staff that's in place."
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