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Counties council approves 2018 budget plan
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for the residential tax rate, which translates to $27 more for the average homeowner on the counties property tax bill. Property tax notices will not go out until next spring after the provincial assessment calculations are finished. Some property owners may have higher or lower tax bills than the projected average, depending on whether or not their land and buildings have increased in value compared to the counties’ average. La directrice financière des comtés, Julie Ménard-Brault, présente la version finale du budget de 2018 pour les Comtés unis de Prescott et Russell (CUPR). Le budget de 106 millions de dollars comprend une augmentation de 2,7 % du taux d’imposition. Le budget a été adopté à l’unanimité lors de la séance du conseil des CUPR le mercredi 22 novembre dernier. —photo Gregg Chamberlain
dence in her and her staff for their work on the 2018 budget. The final document projects an overall operations and capital works budget of about $106million for the counties.That includes the fire dispatch agreement with the Town of Hawkesbury, a new addition to the UCPR expense sheet. For the next couple of years, the UCPR will cover the cost for the fire dispatch ser- vice that Hawkesbury provides for six other member municipalities in Prescott-Rus- sell. The City of Clarence-Rockland is not covered under the agreement as it has its own contract with the City of Ottawa for fire dispatch. The municipal levy portion of the UCPR 2018 budget will be about $42.5million.This represents an increase of $1,783,000 in the levy compared to the 2017 counties budget. This works out to a 2.7 per cent increase
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell council met its budget deadline for 2018 with more than a month spare. The eight mayors gave a unanimous vote of approval Nov. 22 for the 2018 final bud- get report, a two-inch-thick document that made upmore than half of the agenda pac- kage for their Wednesday morning regular session. Julie Ménard-Brault, director of finance for the counties, presented the document, along with a four-page summary report for final review and approval. Council approved the budget almost as soon as Ménard-Brault finished reading out the report. “We have a lot of confidence in her re- port,” said Warden Gary Barton. Ménard- Brault thanked council for its vote of confi-
Mayor François St-Amour is warden-elect
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Tirage Chevaliers de Colomb Le premier prix de tirage de Chevaliers de Colomb le 18 novembre a été remporté par Raymonde Dupuis de Curran, qui a choisi le prix de 5000 $. Le deuxième prix de 300 $ est allé à Laurent Blondin de Plantagenet et le troisième prix de 200 $ a été remis à François Aubin de Casselman. – Alexia Marsillo The mayor of The Nation Municipality, François St-Amour, will become the new warden for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell on December 20. “I am very pleased with the confidence of council,” said St-Amour.The newwarden- elect plans to consult with administration before announcing his priorities for next year. “I want to confirm that I’ve picked some achievable targets.” St-Amour has experience as warden when he held the post in 2012. One topic he will pursue is continuing to work with all member municipalities on economic development programs and projects for the counties. St- Amour also expects the ongoing problems the UCPR has with its overworked ambulance service will be a key issue to deal with next year.The counties still have a problemwith the City of Ottawa’s excessive demands on the ambulance services of neighbouring municipalities —archive photo
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