Gravenhurst Council Approves 2019 Budget With Tax Rate Increase Of 1.8 Per Cent

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Gravenhurst Council unanimously approved the 2019 Operating Budget, including a 1.8 per cent increase to the town’s share of the tax rate, at a Special Budget Meeting on April 3, according to a news release from the town.

The 2019 Operating Budget pays for day-to-day municipal services. Services such as fire prevention/protection, snow clearing, road repair, recreation services, library operations, by-law enforcement and community events cost $87 a month on an average home valued at $230,000. Due to the increase required in the town levy, the town share of the tax bill will increase by $8.20 per $100,000 of assessment on a residential dwelling.

“The Town of Gravenhurst accounts for only 36 per cent of an urban property tax bill and 47 per cent of a rural property tax bill,” said Val Sequeira, director of corporate services and chief financial officer. “After taking into account the District of Muskoka and the education share of the tax bill, Gravenhurst residents will see a consolidated tax rate on their property tax bills that is virtually unchanged from 2018. The main reason for this is that the education share of the tax rate continues to decline across Muskoka.”

Through contributions to capital reserves, the budget also “ensures timely rehabilitation, repair and replacement of town assets” including roads, parks, sports fields, buildings, docks and vehicles, according to the news release.

“This year Council strived to provide in both the Capital and Operation Budgets decisions that would continue to support operational excellence at the same time being attentive to the effect on our tax payers,” said Mayor Paul Kelly. “The new Council includes five new members and there was much discussion about Council’s strategic priorities during budget deliberations – something we all believe is important.”

Kelly said council looks forward to working together to develop a common vision for the community in the four years ahead. He said he also wanted to thank District Councillor John Gordon for assuming the role of budget chair and steering council successfully through the process.

For more information about the approved 2019 budget, click here.

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