Health unit levy to rise four percent

The Board of Health for the Northwestern Health Unit met yesterday, to set the budget for 2005—a budget that includes an increase of 4.06 percent to the municipal levy.
This is an increase from $50 per capita this past year to $52.03 in 2005. With a population of approximately 8,300, this means Fort Frances could be paying about $431,849 in the coming year for public health care.
This increase, when accompanied by the promised enhanced provincial contribution, will permit improvements in the following areas:
•continued progress towards the achievement of health promotion and disease prevention services throughout the region;
•increasing service linkages and partnerships with other agencies;
•increasing service to smaller communities within the catchment area; and
•recognition of enhanced provincial funding contribution to public health, nd therefore to the region.
The projected levy increase of 4.06 percent is much lower than this past year, when the levy was hiked 36 percent—from $36.75 per capita to $50.