Quinte West approves budget, 1.98 per cent tax increase
Quinte West has approved a 1.98 per cent tax hike and support for three community projects in its operating budget.
Council supported the $80,256,000 budget and a combined $15.4 million for water, wastewater and vehicle expenditures Monday night. At last week’s meeting, Council asked Clazie to bring back a report on March 20, decreasing the rate from 2.2 to 2 per cent.
Mayor Jim Harrison said despite an increase in the farm tax levy over last year, he’s still impressed with the work that council has done.
“I’m quite pleased with what council’s done and the number of projects that we can complete while still staying under two per cent.”
When asked why increase the budget at all, Harrison said infrastructure investment is desperately needed across the municipality.
Council also supported the funding of three capital projects - $240,000 for new hardball field lighting, $350,000 for renovations at the Old Town Hall and $810,000 for the Waterfront Trail Expansion Project near the marina.
Council meets next in council chambers April 3. Open session starts at 6:30 p.m.
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