Attention Muskoka Lakes Cottagers: Easiest Chance to Chime In on Use of Your Tax Dollars
The Township of Muskoka Lakes is facing significant infrastructure challenges
over the coming years. Township Council must determine how to finance necessary improvements – through tax increases, increased user fees or service level reductions.
The Township of Muskoka Lakes retains only 18% of every dollar raised through property taxes to provide services and programs. The balance of each dollar is raised on behalf of the District Municipality of Muskoka (51%) and the School Boards (31%).
The 2017 budget represented a 7.96% increase over the prior year made up of an operating levy increase of 2.96% and a capital levy increase of 5%. In 2017, for every $100,000 in assessment, tax payers will pay the Township $113.29; an increase of $6.62 over 2016.
Service level reductions could include:
· closing roads to save on cost of bridge replacements
· reverting from high float (paved) roads to gravel on some low usage roads
· closing fire halls and/or community centres
· designating certain roads as seasonal with no winter maintenance/ plowing
· abandonment or closure of public wharfs and ramps rather than replacement
· reduced maintenance of parks and cemeteries
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