DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Uxbridge residents will be seeing a 3.8 per cent increase on the municipal portion of their tax bill, as council approved the 2017 Operating and Capital budget on Monday, Jan. 23rd.
This breaks down to an increase of 1.7 per cent for operating expenditures and 2.1 per cent for capital expenditures, and works out to a $48 increase on municipal property taxes for a home assessed at $450,000. Township staff estimates that when combined with the Region of Durham and Durham District School Board, Uxbridge residents can expect a total increase on their combined property tax bill of $123, or 2.3 per cent. According to a report shown to Councillors on Monday, Jan. 16th, following the last budget meeting on Dec. 13th, staff were able to find a total of $58,380 in savings, including decreasing tourism advertising expenditures by $2,000, and reducing the cost of replacing a tractor by $20,000.
“We’re never happy having to increase taxes, but we do have to face some realities. Costs do go up,” Ward 2 Councillor and finance committee chair Pat Molloy said. “We’re happy to be able to continue to maintain the service levels in the Township.”
In a press release, Councillor Molloy thanked everyone involved for their hard work on the budget.
“Council would like to express sincere gratitude to staff for their dedication and commitment to the residents of Uxbridge.”
The press release also noted some of the financial challenges Uxbridge continues to face, including a 15 per cent reduction in Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund grants for this year and limited development and growth in the Township because of their limited sewage capacity
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