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Fort residents facing 2.6% tax hike Meeting on budget set for Monday


With the proposed 2006 budget ready for a vote, town council is looking at a 2.6 percent tax hike for residential property owners and a 0.85 percent increase for commercial.

These rates will come into effect if council approves the budget at its next regular meeting Monday night (April 10).

Town CAO Mark McCaig said this morning that council received information last week regarding the levies for Rainycrest Home for the Aged and the Rainy River District Social Services Administration Board.

Council found the town had projected a higher increase for the latter than what actually ended up being, he noted.

“That reduced our operating shortfall a lot,” McCaig said.

“Looking at the minimal shortfall in operations and the capital projects plan for this year, council by consensus—it’s not voted on yet—is looking at a 2.6 increase on the residential, with about a 0.85 percent increase for commercial,” he added.

McCaig said while a zero percent increase may be seen as the “best news” scenario, “zero doesn’t have much of a long-term component to it.”

The budget will be discussed at a special public meeting following the committee of the whole Monday. This will be held prior to council voting on the bylaw.

The public is invited to attend this meeting to make written or oral presentations either in support of or against the budget proposal.

For more information, contact treasurer Laurie Witherspoon at 274-5323 ext. 248.

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