SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Township of Uxbridge is nearing the end of the 2018 budget process. Council recently reviewed the list of items requested for consideration and had to make some tough choices regarding which items to approve.
At a later budget meeting, on January 23rd, council will know exactly how the approved items for consideration will impact this year’s tax increase.
At the most recent budget meeting, the tax levy stood at 2.29 per cent, plus 1.00 per cent for the town’s asset management plan.
The asset management plan is a one per cent tax increase each year that goes directly towards fixing and maintaining Uxbridge’s infrastructure.
Councillor Pat Molloy told the Standard, one of the biggest issues in the province of Ontario is the $4-billion gap between where infrastructure is and where it should be.
“In Ontario, the averages, of most municipalities, are 50 per cent of where they should be with their infrastructure,” Councillor Molloy said. “Last time we checked, Uxbridge was over 70 per cent of the way there, so we are maintaining our assets very well.”
Uxbridge Council has a real focus on planning for the future. The town is currently waiting to hear back from their Parks Master Plan consultant, to determine the future planning of Uxbridge’s baseball fields and park space.
Until the master plan is drafted, Uxbridge staff is focusing on the safety of all the parks and will look at spending money on improvements to the baseball fields in 2019.
Councillor Molloy is glad the Uxbridge Baseball Association came to council with their concerns, and plans to work with the association to apply for grants.
“We will work with the baseball association to see if we can put some trillium grants together for August,” Councillor Molloy said. “I think 2019 will be the year to really work on some of the baseball reserves.”
Moving forward, council will finalize all the approved items, off the requested items for consideration list, and the treasury department will determine if funding for any of the approved items can come from reserves instead of the tax levy.
On January 23rd, the town will know exactly where the tax increase stands, and the budget process should be finished in early February, according to Councillor Molloy.
He said, “There are so many things in our town, our total tax is around $25-million we spend a year. It’s a big project, every year we constantly try to make sure we are making efficient choices and making long term choices, so we are looking to the future not just today.”
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