Thorold council approves 1.8% budget increase

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Homeowners in Thorold will see a slight increase on their tax bills after city council approved the 2021 operating and capital budgets.

Approved at the Feb. 9 meeting, the city’s levy increase now sits at 1.8 per cent, slightly up from the previous 1.7 per cent council was eying at its last budget meeting.

That increase means home assessed at $258,000 will see an estimated increase of $23.76 to the city general portion of the tax bill. For that same home, the estimated change in the overall tax bill, including the city, region, education and urban service area and hospital portions, would be an increase of $47.16.

“Our priority project this year is the rehabilitation of the Battle of Beaverdams Park,” said Mayor Terry Ugulini. “This project will not only enhance the park, but also complement our downtown revitalization efforts.”

Other items in this year’s budget include Phase 1 of a planned water meter replacement, design plans for St. David’s Road East from Collier Road to Front Street, work to the city’s parks and trails, as well as other infrastructural investments.

“The investments and actions we take now will be a catalyst towards recovery post pandemic; we need to continue to invest in our future — we all know that is a responsible way forward,” said Manoj Dilwaria, chief administrative officer for the city.

Moosa Imran, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News