Municipal taxes up 6.4 per cent


Kincardine taxpayers should be prepared for a 6.4 per cent increase in their municipal taxes this year.

Council voted Apr. 8 for a tax increase of 6.4 per cent in 2009. The increase works out to an additional $42.22 on the tax bills for homes assessed at the median assessment of $169,500.

Kincardine’s average home assessment has increase from 2008. The average property assessment has increased by approximately $13,000.

The municipal tax rate was finalized after council reviewed its wish-list of potential projects for 2009. Some projects were added to 2009’s total capital budget, increasing the overall tax rate, while others were held off until next year.

The Whitney Crawford Centre is the beneficiary of one of council’s decisions, as the Tiverton building is getting improved washrooms at a cost of $50,000. Council decided to put $40,000 in reserves to fund the future repaving of the airport’s runways. The Tiverton Fire Hall is receiving a $15,000 HVAC and $50,000 was placed in the recreation reserve fund.

The Kincardine Cemetery is also receiving some improvements this year. Council added $10,000 to the tax rate in order to move the trail that currently runs through the cemetery to a new location. A new perimeter road will be installed in its place.

Kincardine also agreed to put $10,000 away for the planning of a special event when the 2010 Olympic Torch relay comes through the municipality in December. Approximately $25,000 has also been put away to help fund a tennis court project in Inverhuron.

Inverhuron residents want tennis courts and a small club house built in the village. The financial details will be worked out once the group has received updated estimates from potential contractors.

Kincardine officially passed the draft budget bylaw Apr. 8. The total budget and the official tax rate cannot be determined until Bruce County sets its tax rate. Municipal staff said it will likely be mid-May at the earliest before the budget and tax rate come back to council for final approval.

Kincardine council briefs

*Kincardine council awarded a number of tenders for upcoming public works jobs. Cliff Holland Trucking has been awarded the tender for the supply and application of calcium chloride or magnesium chloride equivalent at a price of $61,360.

Joe Kerr Limited has been awarded the tender for the supply, loading, hauling and placement of granular A gravel. The tender cost is $332,059.20, excluding GST.

*The Tiverton Old Boys and Old Girls Reunion committee is setting up a website, detailing the plans for this summer’s event.

*Kincardine’s water quality management operational plans were submitted by compliance officer Donna Hardman. The plans cover each of the municipality’s six water systems. The plans are compliant with provincial standards on water system maintenance.