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#1 Jan 11, 2008
Homeowners facing hefty Town tax hike
A significant loss in Town revenues could mean a close to 10 per cent tax hike for Halton Hills taxpayers in 2008.
Town Treasurer and Director of Finance Ed DeSousa outlined the financial challenges facing the Town leaders as the 2008 operating budget process opened with a budget workshop at the Civic Centre Tuesday night.
While it's only at the starting point, and the number crunching will come on Monday and Tuesday night, Halton Hills taxpayers could be facing a 9.3 per cent (or $91) tax increase on the Town portion of the tax bill for homes assessed at $300,000. The $25-million budget includes a 6.1 per cent base budget increase, a 2 per cent levy for the pavement management program and 1.2 per cent levy for the fire services budget.
Last year the Town tax increase was 5.4 per cent (which also included the pavement management and fire services levy) and 4.7 per cent in 2006.
Combined with Region and education taxes, the overall tax increase will be 3.5 per cent, an increase of $108, for a home assessed at $300,000. That's $36 for every $100,000 of assessed value of a property owner's home.
Budget committee (all members of council) heard that Town taxes could total $1,071, Region taxes $1,319 (1.3 per cent increase) and Education taxes $792, a confirmed no increase for 2008. That's a total $3,182 for municipal and education taxes. Those figures are preliminary until budget committee (all members of Town council) finalize the operating budget next week and is approved by the Halton Hills council the following week. The numbers could change between now and then, said DeSousa.
The Town tax portion of the overall tax bill is 34 per cent compared to the Region's 41 per cent and the school boards? 25 per cent.
Unlike previous years, DeSousa did not specifically state the 9.3 per cent figure when discussing the Town tax increase in either his public summary of the budget to budget committee, or in the staff recommendation in his written report, but instead focused on the overall tax percentage figure.
"We tried to present it as a total tax bill because when residents get their tax bill, they're not getting a Town tax bill, they're getting a total tax bill (Town, Region and education combined). So it's the bottom line," said DeSousa after the meeting.
Eighty-six per cent of the operating budget's $2 million increase is attributed to:
* a loss of revenues,$653,000;
* the last year of the five-year pavement management program,$445,000;
* the building of the two fire stations in Georgetown,$275,000 (the 1.2 per cent levy);
* contributions to various reserves,$138,000;
* growth-related programs and services such as new roads and parks operations,$161,000;
* materials and supplies,$112,000.
The loss of revenues include a decrease in assessment growth from an anticipated 3 per cent to 2.1 per cent ($500,000), which means a loss of $180,000, and the elimination of $150,000 in funding that had Town received in past years as a result of the Halton Region downloading of roads to the local municipalities. Lost revenues were also a result of a reduction in planning fees ($98,000), mainly as a result of a council decision in 2007 to discount fees by 50 per cent on non-residential and non-profit community applications.
Corporate revenues budgets (Subdivision Agreements, Supplementary Taxes and Town Surplus/Deficit) were also lowered by almost $225,000 to allow a cushion in future years when, due to the current servicing constraints (no water for new homes and businesses) the dollars may not be generated to match the required dollars in the base budget.
Combined, these revenue losses translate into approximately 2.9 per cent of the base budget increase (or $29
#2 Jan 11, 2008
Green is the word: The Town of Halton Hills launched its Green Plan Task Force in a bid to make Halton Hills a green community while the Region announced Halton residents will be given GreenCarts in 2008 in a bid to divert waste from the landfill. Oh yes, both the Town and Region would also like to see a little more green flowing from provincial and federal coffers for infrastructure.
Not so fast part 1: In July Halton Hills library users got their first look at the multi-million dollar expansion plans for the Georgetown branch. The excitement was shortlived as two months later the Town put the project on the shelf because of the chronic water shortage for development-- development that was to pay for the new facility.
Water woes: As if the Town's water limitations weren't bad enough, many Hornby residents saw their wells dry up when Region workers constructing a sewage pumping station tapped into an aquifer.
Fond farewells: Long time Halton Hills trustees Ethel Gardiner (public board) and Irene McCauley (Catholic board); Kirkland Kilbride (Mito March honouree); Aidan Benoit (neuroblastoma cancer victim).
Not so fast part II: Early in 2007 Ontario Power Authority announced plans for a new hydro transmission line that would run east of the existing line between Fourth and Fifth Line, upsetting several property owners. Later in the year they indicated the new line may be switched to the west side.
Say hello to: Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott; Halton Hills fire chief Brent Marshall; the Dufferin Rural Heritage Community Centre; Three Musketears Skateboard Park; Halton Hills Sports Museum and Acton Rotary Bandshell.
Say goodbye to: Plans to renovate the Barber Mill (for now); Dick Licata outdoor pool; GTA pooling; plans for a regional energy-from waste plant; Arts and Crafts Georgetown (after 65 years); Al Bailey as longtime Halton Catholic District School Board chair, incandescent lightbulbs; weekly trash collection.
Not so fast part III: A housing development company intended to use the name "The Glen" for its new project in Glen Williams but did a quick about-face when local residents, with some political help, protested. The "Meadows in The Glen" will break ground in 2008.
Issues that won't go away: Changes to school bus routes and upset parents; roaming cats in Acton; high gas prices.
All-star efforts: Golfer Mary Ann Lapointe, Georgetown Pipe Band; Homecoming 2007 organizing committee: Halton Region's health department (in combating West Nile Virus); Peewee Eagles baseball team; swimmer Tasha Truscott and special Olympian Emily Boycott.
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