MINTO - Council passed the 2022 budget with a 2.2 per cent property tax increase and a $8.8 million operating and capital budget.
At Tuesday’s last council meeting of 2021, council passed the 2022 budget with a 0.85 per cent property increase, which translates to a $24.65 increase on the annual tax bill for the average residential property assessed at $242,000.
The overall budget has increased 2.2 per cent over last year.
The county portion of the taxes will be finalized in January.
The town’s non-tax supported operating budget includes water services and wastewater services. Combined, the total proposed 2022 operating expenditures is $4,464,600.
Meanwhile, the capital projects budget comes to a total of $4,373,000 with the majority of it going to public works at a $2,087,000 budget for 2022.
The largest project is the $744,000 road replacement project for Whites Road at Palmerston, which also needs wastewater and water improvements, followed by the full reconstruction of 12th Line at $500,000.
Water services will have a budget of $650,000 for 2022, with projects such as the Harriston Well Exploration that will be costing at $100,000 and the second Minto Pines Well water improvements which will cost $200,000.
The 2022 fees and rate charges were also passed with a few increases across the board.
Finance department saw an increase to the tax certificates and tax collection fee with a 33.3 per cent increase for tax certificates professional request (written only) and 50 per cent increase for tax collection fee (by registered letter).
Community Services saw a few increases across various programs and services such as a 24.9 per cent increase in pool admission for single admission.
Fire and Emergency Services also had an increase to occupant load licenses of 6.7 per cent and various reports related to inspections, which came to an increase of 60 per cent.
Meanwhile, water and sewer had an increase to non-metered rates of 6.3 per cent for water and 4.8 per cent for sewer.
Council unanimously passed the 2022 budget and 2022 user fees and charges.
Angelica Babiera, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, GuelphToday.com