Tay residents looking at a 2.7% tax increase for next year

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Council’s will may not be done if staff is unable to achieve a 2% tax increase for next year.

A report included in this Wednesday’s council committee’s agenda is asking council to approve an operating budget that would lead to a 2.7% increase in tax.

However, staff recommends that council’s target can be achieved if a portion of the wage costs, related to the organizational review, are phased in using $68,000 of surplus funds.

The report also says that the base budget, as written, has an increase of $347,000, compared to the 2020 budget.

The base budget includes municipal contributions to other organizations, such as Georgian Bay Forever, Severn Sound Environmental Association, Economic Development Corporation of North Simcoe and the Culture Alliance.

The budget is also recommending removing the current administrative support student and replacing that position with an additional municipal law enforcement student.

Talbot Street could soon also add to Tay’s housing market with a new zoning amendment.

The proposed amendments being brought forward to council would allow for alternative forms of housing to be built while protecting existing and future commercial uses. The mixed-use zoning proposed for Talbot Street, from First Street to Seventh Avenue, will primarily allow for residential uses but also keep the window of commercial development open.

Staff recommends that this type of zoning remains in line with the municipal official plan. Some commercial uses that are excluded in this new zoning include automotive sales and service businesses, gas stations, car washes and garages.

Staff hopes this exclusion would encourage more pedestrian-oriented commercial focus and ensure compatible use in Port McNicoll.

An October bylaw activity report that also features in the agenda indicates there are 95 complaints ongoing in 2020, compared to only six in the previous year. The two categories with the highest numbers are long grass (34) and property standards (19).

The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. and can be watched online.

Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, OrilliaMatters.com