Property owners in Plympton-Wyoming will see their taxes inch upward by 0.9 per cent following council’s approval of its 2018 budget.
Taxes will increase by $5.44 for every $100,000 of residential assessment.
The total operating budget for this year is $12,194,309, with a capital budget of $3,302,549.
Among the increased costs faced by the municipality is a 0.7 per cent increase in policing costs from the OPP, and a 13.4 per cent increase in the levy set by the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority.
Several budget options were brought to council, ranging from a zero increase to an increase of 65.6 per cent, but Mayor Lonny Napper says the 0.9 per cent hike appears to be the most fair.
“It seems like a pretty fair budget that meets all of our needs, we can do what we wanted to do and actually put some money away,” he said. “Based on a suggestion, we could have done three per cent… but we felt there’s enough increases out there now.”
Napper said with water rates going up slightly, council wanted to help offset costs for residents. He said the tax increase will help the different departments in the municipality continue to make improvements to infrastructure, including playground upgrades at three parks, upgrades to communication equipment for the fire departments and the Wyoming station, a new backhoe for the roads department, and major water system repairs.
“We had a good discussion on it,” he said. “We’re pretty fortunate here, we’ve got a good tax base and we’ve had a lot of growth.”
He said other works planned for 2018 include some sidewalk repairs and upgrading the crosswalk on Main Street in Wyoming.
Napper noted that Plympton-Wyoming was fortunate to receive some funding from the province in areas where other municipalities have faced cuts. Its 2018 funding from the Ontario Municipal Fund has been hiked by $100,200, totaling just over $839,000, while OCIF funding has increased by over $67,000, for just over $229,000.