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Russell Township adopts a 1.5% tax increase in its 2018 budget


Russell Township residents will see a 1.50 per cent tax increase on their 2018 mu- nicipal tax bill. For an average household of $320,617 in assessment, the increase represents about $24. Apart from a few modifications, Russell Township Council voted in favor of the 1.5 per cent increase projected as presented in the first draft a fewweeks ago.The Township will consequently have a total additional taxation levy of $413,912. The portion from additional growth represents $251,912 while $162,000 will be generated from the taxation increase. This has allowed the infrastruc- ture fund to be increased by $24,523, from $1,620,798 to $1,645,321. Overall, council members were very sat- isfied with the administration staff’s efforts and the new software used in the preparation of this year’s budget, which was said to have made the process easier. “This is my twelfth budget, and they haven’t always gone as smooth as this one, said councilor Jamie Laurin. Coming in with a preliminary budget already around with a very good number, being 1.5 per cent, in- stead of starting off at 4 and having to cut down, made it all easier for us.” Comments made by other councilors and mayor Pierre Leroux echoed the same view. “It was this council’s last budget, said councilor Amanda Simard. Since the first one, we have learned a lot and improved, so I think the taxpayers can say that our council was rather stable.” Although the budget does not include an increase to the water and sewer fixed rates, the cost for water consumption will increase by 15 cents per cubic meter. The impact of these rate changes, on an average home consuming 163 cubic meters of water, is a Jour du Souvenir à Embrun La cérémonie du Jour du Souvenir se tiendra le samedi 11 novembre à 15h, au cénotaphe sur le terrain de l’Hôtel de Ville. La cérémonie bilingue est organisée par l’Assemblée 2847 des Chevaliers de Colomb d’Embrun, en par- tenariat avec la Municipalité de Russell et la Légion canadienne, filiale 372-Russell. Pour tout organisme qui voudrait participer en déposant une couronne, prière de communiquer Donald Benoit, 613-299-7575. – Vicky Charbonneau

Lors de sa dernière réunion, le lundi 6 novembre dernier, le conseil municipal de Russell adoptait son budget pour l’année 2018, comprenant une hausse de l’imposition foncière de 1,5 %. La municipalité disposera donc d’un montant supplémentaire de 413 912 $. La portion supplémentaire reliée à la croissance représente 251 912 $ alors qu’unmontant de 162 000 $ sera perçu grâce à l’augmentation de l’impôt foncier. Cemontant a d’ailleurs permis d’augmenter la part pour le fonds d’infrastructure de 1 620 798 $ à 1 645 321 $. Quant à l’eau et aux égouts, tandis que leur taux fixe respectif demeure à 344 $ et à 366 $, le taux à la consommation augmentera de 6 %, en voyant son taux passer de 2,545 $/m3 à 2,70 $/m3 (+0,155). L’impact des changements au taux d’eau et d’égout, selon l’utilisationmoyenne d’une résidence consommant 163m3, est une augmentation de 25,27 $. Entre autres, le budget comprenait également une augmentation du coût de la vie des échelles salariales de 1,5 % pour les salaires des employés et du conseil. —photo Vicky Charbonneau

$25.27 increase. This budget also includes a 1.5 per cent cost of living adjustment to staff and council salaries. During the November 6 session,

the updated 2018 user fee bylaw and a new community grants listings, as well as a new salary grid and organizational chart were also approved.

All information pertaining to the 2018 budget, such as capital projects and total amounts are posted on themunicipal web- site at

Nominations open for La Lumière Award

Prescott-Russell United Way is taking nominations now for this year’s La Lu- mière Community Leadership Award. Deadline for nominations is Nov. 21. The award commemorates Lucie Brunet,

followBrunet’s example of leadership and volunteer service. The inaugural recipient of the 2016 award was Nathalie Lamoureux, a dedi- cated and engaged volunteer. More details

be residents of Prescott-Russell, show out- standing community involvement through volunteer work, demonstrate they are able to work well with others for the good of others, and show leadership and initia-

amentor tomany women and or- ganizations in the Prescott-Russell region. As a feminist and human- ist, she believed in the importance of being bold, in protesting against injustice without giving up, in giv- ing her time to the community, and in using a collaborative ap- proach to find solutions and re- solve conflicts.

tive in solutions for community needs. Staff and board mem- bers of Centraide-United Way Prescott-Russell (CUWPR) and the selection committee are not eligible for nomination. The nomination form is avai- lable at the CUWPR website and may be sent in by mail to Centraide-UnitedWay Prescott-

Centraide United Way Prescott-Russell accepte des candidatures pour le prix La Lumière afin de souligner des exemples de leadership communautaire. La date limite pour les mises en candidature est le 21 novembre et les détails sont disponibles àèreAward.

Details about both Brunet and the award are available at www.unitedway-èreAward. The goal of the award program is to encourage others to

on her contributions to the community are at 2016award- recipient. Eligible candidates for the award must

Russell, 134 Main Street East, Office 103, Hawkesbury, ON, K6A 1A3, or email to before the Nov. 21 deadline.


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