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Lake Country property taxes could pass the 7% mark in 2020

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December 12, 2019 - 11:32 AM

Lake Country residents now face a property tax increase for next year of at least 6.03 per cent with the possibility of it rising to 7.28 per cent.

District council met on Tuesday, Dec. 10, facing a base tax increase just over four per cent to cover the cost of inflation, staffing and five new RCMP officers.

They spent almost four hours going through the budget line by line and hearing requests for a number of additions to the budget.

They added almost $170,000 for a Parks and Recreation Master Plan and a number of smaller items which brought the tax increase to 6.03 per cent.

What’s still to come is another $170,000 for a Transportation for Tomorrow program. Staff are being asked to report back on whether to add that as another 1.25 per cent tax increase or as a $25 parcel tax.

Public input sessions will be held in two formats.

There is a Jan. 15, Let’s Talk to a Tax Expert session at the Winfield Arena from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and an open house every Tuesday in February from 10 a.m. to noon in the district office lobby.

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