Township Responds to Proposed Amendments to Planning Legislation

Township Responds to Proposed Amendments to Planning Legislation
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Gone are the days when landowners could build a retirement home on their property for grandpa or a starter home for the kids.  Lot creation is subject to a growing web of regulations, with principles articulated in the Planning Act which establishes the policy to guide land use decisions across… Continue reading

Township Budget Conclusions

Township Budget Conclusions
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The Township budget passed with little comment last month, with Council approving a 2.5% hike in the municipal portion of the local property tax bills.  The total operating budget amounts to $7,144,906 with the capital budget totalling $5,891,092. The County also approved their budget last week, which concluded with a… Continue reading

Pump Track Proposal Receives Warm Reception

Pump Track Proposal Receives Warm Reception
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Council was introduced to an interesting recreational opportunity at last month’s Council meeting when biking enthusiasts John Frizzle and David D’Agostino outlined their proposal for a local Pump Track. These installations consist of a continuous bike loop that users can ride without pedaling, which incorporates berms, criss-crossing lines and smooth… Continue reading

OLG Revenue to Help Township Address Aging Infrastructure

OLG Revenue to Help Township Address Aging Infrastructure
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Last week, the township received a third-quarter (October 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018) non-tax gaming revenue payment of $89,963 from Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) for hosting Shorelines Slots at Kawartha Downs.  This payment represents revenue earned during the first two weeks of October and during the last… Continue reading

Budget Update

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The second draft of the 2019 Municipal Budget continues to project a 2.5% increase in the municipal tax levy. Since the original draft, some updates have been made.  On the positive side, corporate insurance premiums have declined by 2.85% across all departments, and some other expenditures have been removed, the… Continue reading

Preliminary Budget Proposes a 2.5% Municipal Rate Hike

Preliminary Budget Proposes a 2.5% Municipal Rate Hike
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Council started their new term in office with a review of the township’s financial situation during a day-long meeting last month, where Director of Finance Kimberley Pope presented a preliminary draft of current budget. In her initial draft, Ms. Pope indicated a rise in the municipality’s Operating budget of 5.8… Continue reading