As their Scugog counterparts to continue to wrestle with this year’s municipal budget, Uxbridge councillors put the matter to bed last night, passing the new budget with a nearly unanimous vote.
Amid the glee over having successfully whittled down municipal spending for another 12 months with kudos offered up to councillors, staff and even, us here at The Standard, along with our counterparts at the Cosmos, a new narrative was taking shape, with some members of council speaking ominously about the horrors that will await next year, when belts will have to be tightened even further.
With few new sources of income on the horizon, new sewage treatment plant in Port Perry notwithstanding, municipalities have been forced to continue playing infrastructure ‘whack-a-mole’ fixing roads here and there, and hoping that against the odds they can get through another year without anymore major issues appearing.
It comes as no surprise that Uxbridge Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor has once again mentioned the possibility of selling some of the township’s lesser-used facilities, as well as some surplus vacant lands as a means to lessen the financial burden passed down to residential taxpayers year-after-year.
While some of these buildings may have some link to the past in the community, the sad fact is that many are not used enough in the present for the municipality to continue to spend money on utilities, maintenance, repairs and other costs just to satisfy a small group that could seemingly relocate to other buildings that are struggling for revenue slightly less.
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