Cornwall Ontario Passes Budget with Less than 2% Increase – The 1.31% Solution – April 1, 2011

Cornwall ON – It’s over for now, or a really neat April Fool’s Joke!

I spoke with City Councilor Denis Carr this morning and he said that the wrangling is over and the committee is going to recommend that the city adopt the budget with a 1.31% increase in the tax levy or about $24 for a $144,000 evaluated property.

The increase could’ve been a bit smaller except they decided to invest $250K in some infrastructure work in the Industrial park.

“…the budget is a long process that never ends.  After this one is approved we have to begin the work for next year’s 2012 budget.”

This year’s exercise was a bit different in that a Community Action Group led by Gerry Benson, Sandy Cameron, Roy Perkins and friends applied community pressure to try and have a zero increase budget.  (All three gentlemen refused comment to this newspaper)

I did hear from Paul Lefebvre of The Best Western PLUS Parkway Inn & Conference Centre:

“I’m extremely disappointed that the committee did not come in with a Zero raise in taxes budget recommendation.  It was important that this goal be achieved as that’s what so many people in this community wished to see happen.”

So Cornwallites?  What do you think of the new budget? You can post your comment below.

Best Western Cornwall

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