NORTH HURON HOSTS 2010 BUDGET INFORMATION MEETING
North Huron -- At a public information meeting held this morning, Township of North Huron staff provided an overview of the 2010 Budget and joined Council in answering questions from ratepayers and key stakeholders. The budget is scheduled to be passed by Council on June 7. It was announced that the proposed increase in spending will be 4.79%; programs and services will be maintained; and North Huron is undertaking several major capital projects in 2010.
“Several months ago, Council and staff embarked on a program and expenditure review and a priority gathering exercise to ensure that the 2010 budget established a solid financial foundation on which we can provide the programs and services that residents expect and deserve,” stated North Huron Reeve Neil Vincent. “The proposed increase will ensure that programs and services are maintained and that we can finance important capital projects”.
2010 Budget Highlights:
ü major renovations at Wescast Community Complex, Blyth Memorial Hall, Wingham Library
ü construction of a new Emergency Services Training Centre (ESTC) in Blyth
ü new grader for East Wawanosh Public Works Yard
ü creation of a new fire department with a full-time Fire Chief and an emphasis on training, compliance, and prevention
“North Huron provides a high level of service to our residents through a number of programs and services not available in other municipalities of a similar size,” said Reeve Vincent. “We feel our residents are getting good value.”
The assessment on the average single family residential home increased by 4.9% from 104,820 to 109,956 and therefore would see an overall increase of $102.76 or 4.27% in the Wingham ward, $45.39 or 2.26% for the Blyth ward and $41.98 or 2.26% for the East Wawanosh ward and further each individual property experiences fluctuations based on their assessed values compared to the averages.
“Our goal is to position North Huron as a municipality which provides first rate services and that is well-positioned to support and encourage further residential growth and economic development,” stated Reeve Vincent.
For more information, contact:
Donna White, Director of Finance
Township of North Huron
519-357-3550 x. 26
Gary Long, CAO Clerk
Township of North Huron
519-357-3550 x. 24