Penetang expected to green-light 1.5% tax hike this week

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Penetanguishene council is expected to kick off this year's council meetings by solidifying a municipal tax increase of 1.5%.

Elected officials will go through the final draft of the budget at Wednesday's meeting. A staff report included in the agenda lists the details of the draft budget and adds that the estimated overall tax impact for residents is expected to be 0.1%.

A final 2021 tax rate report will be brought to council in April, once county and education tax rates have been received.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. and council will move into its committee of the whole session later the same evening.

The agenda outlines the matters council will be considering for the evening.

Council will also be presented with the results of a public meeting held last year related to a planned subdivision. There were no comments or questions brought forward by the public.

As a result, staff is recommending that the draft plan and zoning bylaw amendment for Phase 4 Harbour Pointe Subdivision, formerly known as Bellilsle Heights, be considered complete and be approved.

There will be voting around the disposal of an old bus, which was bought as a replacement transit bus in 2020 and is no longer needed within any of the town's departments. It is now being deemed surplus and, with council's approval, and once staff has obtained an estimated value of the 2016 Ford E450 Goshen Coach Bus, it will be put up for auction on the GovDeals website.

Council will also look at a third-party event request for the use of the Rotary Champlain Wendat Park and Copeland Creek trail for four hours on June 27. The request is being brought forward by The Huronia SwimRun Challenge and Open Water Swim. If approved by council, the organizer and the town’s recreation and events coordinator will be meeting with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit closer to the event date to review any relevant COVID-19 restrictions.

Council will end its evening with an in-camera session to discuss the purchase of Penetanguishene Secondary School property and other matters.

The open sessions can be viewed live on Rogers TV Channel 53 or online. Otherwise, a recording of the meeting can be watched on the town's YouTube channel.

Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,