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Municipal taxes going up

For the first time in seven years, Fort Frances ratepayers will see an increase in their municipal taxes after town council unanimously approved a 4.68 percent hike for 1998 at a special meeting last Wednesday.

That means households will see, on average, a $46.27 jump on their tax bills this year.

Daycare rates jump again

For the fourth time since last October, rates at the Fort Frances Children‘s Complex are going up. By September, the cost of an unsubsidized spot will have increased over 30 percent in a year.

Council approved upping the rates for “unsubsidized” spots for residents Monday to $26.50 a day for the first child starting Sept. 1.

Local outcry needed for dialysis

If area residents wish to have a renal dialysis unit in Fort Frances, they’re going to have start writing to the Ministry of Health.

That’s the message nephrologist Dr. William McCready and nurse Barbara Adams of the Thunder Bay Regional Dialysis Program had to say to a group of doctors, nurses and other community members at a meeting last night at La Verendrye Health Centre

Easter market opens tomorrow

It will be a full house at the Clover Valley Farmers’ Market tomorrow and Saturday, with every inch of vending space let out for the annual Easter market.

Blair and Donna Lowey, of Lowey’s Greenhouse here, have been organizing the event. He said the market will feature a wide array of items to help area residents spruce up their homes—and dinner tables—this Easter.

Townships calculating number shuffle

District municipalities are still trying to figure out just what impact the province’s new download numbers will have on their 1998 budgets—and local taxes.

While all agree the numbers have changed, no one is quite sure what the final impact will be. But some are optimistic the “download” could come out revenue neutral after all.