Vol. 129, No. 51     February 22, 2017



Early numbers set SD’s tax hike near 6%

by Alicia K. Gosselin
Press staff

MORRISBURG – South Dundas homeowners may see a 5.85 per cent levy hike on their portion of the municipal property tax bill this year, according to the early numbers of what CAO Shannon Geraghty is calling a “no fluff” budget.

The proposed increase would cost taxpayers an extra $27.52 on a home valued at $100,000.
Half of the municipality’s 2017 revenue will be generated from property tax, 19 per cent from reserve funds, 17 per cent from user fees and interest, and the final 14 per cent from government grants and funding.

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Armstrong irate with county road clean-up efforts

WINCHESTER – An ice storm earlier this month has left at least one Township of North Dundas councillor questioning the level of snowplow service offered by the region’s upper-tier government.

The area was hit hard Mon., Feb. 6 and into the morning of Tues., Feb. 7, leaving local roads nearly impassable as the ice level had built up substantially.

At Tues., Feb. 14’s meeting, Councillor Al Armstrong, who drives a transport for South Mountain-based JED Express, was vocal in his condemnation of the county roads crew.

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Final schools report now in UCDSB trustees’ hands

KEMPTVILLE – The final staff report on the Building for the Future Pupil Accommodation Review is now in the hands of Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) trustees.

The board’s elected officials received the report during a public meeting Wed., Feb. 15 at North Grenville District High School.

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Area Service Ontario sites to remain open

WINCHESTER – The provincial government has backtracked on its earlier plans to close numerous Service Ontario outlets.

It’s especially good news for the region, which stood to lose locations in Morrisburg, Kemptville, and Embrun.

This comes on the heels of a review process launched following the May 2016 announcement that the province was aiming to be “fiscally responsible” in its approach to closing various Service Ontario locations.

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