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Council may approve smaller tax hike

Clarence-Rockland municipal council is preparing to approved the 2023 budget on January 18. The budget will include a 3.89 per cent tax increase, averaging about around $100 per household annually (based on the average property value in Clarence-Rockland).  — file photo
Clarence-Rockland municipal council is preparing to approved the 2023 budget on January 18. The budget will include a 3.89 per cent tax increase, averaging about around $100 per household annually (based on the average property value in Clarence-Rockland).
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Following budget deliberations carried out last week, the Clarence-Rockland Municipal Council is considering adopting the 2023 budget, which includes an almost four per cent tax increase, at the January 18 council meeting.

The draft budget, which boasts a $50,000,000 operating and $25,000,000 capital budget, will be funded in part by a 3.89 per cent property tax increase. Originally, the draft budget called for a closer to five per cent increase, but was revised down during deliberations.

The budget sets aside considerable amounts for several infrastructure. Nine million dollars ($4.5 million from reserves and $3 million from grants) is currently set aside for road projects including repairing sidewalks, repairing Canaan Road and developing a traffic calming policy, among others.