Town budget to be outlined


The 2018 town budget will be presented at tonight’s regular council meeting.
Deputy Treasurer Dawn Galusha will explain the budget process, outline sources of revenue and what the town’s expenses are, as well as compare uncontrollable costs from 2017 with those in 2018.
She also will provide a taxation summary, and what it means to particular assessments in residential and other classes.
As reported last month, this year’s $22.3-million budget includes a 0.5060 percent tax levy increase.
However, due to reassessment by the Municipal Property Assessment Corp., some property owners’ taxes will go up or down regardless.
The purpose of tonight’s presentation is to let residents know how the town is financed, how their tax dollars are applied, and what they’re paying for.
The council meeting will follow the committee of the whole meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m. but will begin with an in-camera discussion of three items (succession planning, a tender matter, and proposed acquisition of land).
This meeting will be preceded by a special committee of the whole meeting at 4 p.m., at which time council will meet with the town’s solicitor.
Other business on tonight’s agenda includes:
•a resolution re: requesting the minister of finance to consider the high tonnage rate for railway right-of-way properties in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a recommendation to waive the procurement policy so the fire department can buy extrication cutters and spreaders;
•a recommendation re: the annual health and safety policy review;
•a letter from a resident re: review of frozen waterline billing at 833 Armit Ave.;
•a request to proclaim May as “Community Living Month” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request from the Canadian Mental Health Association (Fort Frances branch) to proclaim May 7-13 as “Mental Health Week” in the Town of Fort Frances;
•a request by St. Francis School for a Grade 5 class there to write letters about pollution created by the use of plastic water bottles and possible solutions;
•a bylaw to authorize the execution of an agreement with Bay City Contractors for road reconstruction, and watermain and sewer replacement;
•a bylaw to enter into a renewal lease agreement with Enterprise Rent-A-Car Canada Ltd. at the Fort Frances Airport;
•a bylaw to repeal the current agreement with Fort Frances Tribal Health Authority for fire protection services; and
•bylaws to authorize capping parameters for property classes and to establish a percentage by which tax decreases are limited to properties in the commercial, industrial, and multi-residential property classes.