Town to present budget


The 2016 town budget will be presented at tonight’s council meeting.
Treasurer Laurie Witherspoon will explain the budget process, outline sources of revenue and what the town’s expenses are, as well as compare uncontrollable costs from 2015 with those in 2016.
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 nearly $38.9-million budget includes a residential tax increase of about 1.5 percent.
The purpose of tonight’s presentation is to let the public know how the town is financed, how their tax dollars are applied, and what they’re paying for.
Town council also will vote tonight on the required bylaws to adopt the budget, authorize capping parameters for the various property classes, and authorize the levy and collection of taxes.
That’s so administration can go ahead and get the final tax bills printed and mailed out.
Tax payments will be due on July 29 and Aug. 31.
The committee of the whole will meet first at 5:30 p.m., but will go in-camera for an indefinite amount of time to discuss three items (including two personnel matters and the disposition of Huffman subdivision lots).
Other business on tonight’s agenda includes:
•a presentation on the “Fight the Blight” campaign;
•the awarding of a tender for the new tennis courts here;
•a recommendation re: a request for the construction of a garden suite at 1411 Colonization Rd. W.;
•a site plan control agreement for a development at 625 Nelson St.;
•a proposed amendment to the Town of Fort Frances Zoning Bylaw 03/14 regarding accessory residential dwelling units in a general commercial zone;
•a proposed amendment to the Town of Fort Frances Zoning Bylaw 03/14 re: accessory use buildings;
•awarding of a tender for cladding replacement, insulation, and painting at the Civic Centre;
•per diem and travel expense claims for Couns. Wendy Brunetta, Ken Perry, and Paul Ryan;
•a report re: Sunny Cove camp caretaker proposals;
•a letter from resident J. Gladu re: request for a bench;
•a letter from D. Topatigh, president and CEO of Tbaytel, re: a business opportunity;
•letters from G. Rogozinski, chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee, re: parking meters and the lease agreement for the tourism centre;
•a letter from M. Bruyere, executive director of the Fort Frances Community Clinic Inc., re: a request of support for a capital project; and
•a letter from C. Donald, chairperson for Fun in the Sun committee, requesting the July 1st celebration be deemed a “municipally significant event.”