Tax rates bylaw adopted by North Huron council

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NORTH HURON – The Township of North Huron adopted the tax rate bylaw for 2021 at the regular council meeting on April 19.

The 2021 budget was adopted on Feb. 1, according to a report presented by Donna White, North Huron’s director of finance.

White told council that Huron County approved the elimination of the discount for vacant and excess subclasses. The elimination of this discount has been incorporated into the tax rate schedule.

She also said that the Government of Ontario established two new optional subclasses for Small Scale On-Farm businesses in May 2018. These commercial and industrial subclasses were created to allow for a 75 per cent tax rate reduction for the first 50,000 of assessed value of qualifying value-added commercial activities. To implement these two new subclasses, a bylaw needs to be adopted by the upper tier. The County of Huron has adopted a bylaw approving the two new Small Scale-On Farm classes. The Small Scale-On Farm class rates have been included in the tax rate bylaw.

The Minister of Finance has lowered the education rate to .0088. However, for properties (payments in lieu) where the lower tiers retain the education portion, the tax rate remains at .0098.

Wingham residents will see an increase of $27.44, Blyth $52.72, and East Wawanosh will see an increase of $76.09.

These increases are assessed on an average residential property value of $205,000.

Council briefs

- Reeve Bernie Bailey told council in his Reeve's Report that the Maitland Estates project will not go ahead as the deadline of the extension granted to the foreign investors has come and gone. The group of investors has requested another extension, but Bailey doubts Huron County will grant it.

- Two tenders were awarded at the meeting. The Blyth arena roof contract went to Atlas-Apex Roofing Limited for $65,328 plus applicable taxes. Council awarded the hot mix and place tender to Armstrong Paving and Materials Group Limited in the amount of $94,637 exclusive of applicable taxes.

- Council sent out a notice to the general public recently to invite expressions of interest for the residential development of the Wingham Trailer Park land, which was declared as surplus. Expression of interest forms can be accessed at the Municipal Office. The deadline for written submissions is April 30 at 3 p.m.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times