You and "YOUR" Property Tax Bill - The 2010 draft budget goes before council today
Today is the day Council looks at the 2010 draft budget to be presented by the finance committee. It will be presented to council at their meeting this afternoon.
Over the years Uxbridge has held a fairly tight reign on tax increases with several years in recent memory having zero mill rate increase and a stable assessment system. This resulted in Zero Tax Increases for local homeowners.
What has changed is the leadership in Uxbridge, with staff retirements and changes to council the old guard influence is no longer felt. Couple that with the changes implemented by the Province in the assessment process and once again property taxes may soon be a major headache for those running for re-election in the next municipal election.
To be fair the growth rate in Uxbridge has also affected the bottom line, as the need for items such as a new fire hall and equipment must be worked into the budgeting process, but new growth should be paying for the new demands on the municipal coffers.
With at least one of the old guard talking about returning to the municipal scene it will be interesting to see how much of a hit the local taxpayers are going to be facing this year.
I wonder if they can once again bring in a zero percent increase as Markham recently did utilizing their E3 program (Excellence Through Efficiency and Effectiveness)