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A copy of our 2019 Yearbook is available here -2019 Yearbook 2019 Yearbook

 

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Township News

Face masks are now required in Muskoka. See - Face Masks Required - for full details.

COVID-10 Information - see COVID-19 Info

Township Swimming Lessons Canceled - for more information see Cancelled

Township of Muskoka Lakes - 2020 Budget

The Township of Muskoka Lakes Council passed the final 2020 Operating and Capital budget on May 13, 2020.  The Township estimates this will add $4.34 for a residential property assessed at $500,000 for the Township portion of the  tax bill. Note that the Township's portion of the property tax bill represents only about 20% of the total taxes due.  The District accounts for about 52% and Education the remaining 28%.

A copy of the final Township budget may be accessed here -2020 Approved Township Budget 2020 Approved Township Budget

The tax rates for Township, District and Education are available here -2020 Final Tax Rates 2020 Final Tax Rates

The notice from the Township may be found here - 2020 Budget and Waiving of Penalties

It should be noted that the budget for 2020 was considerably later this year as the Township was without a Treasurer until recently.

 

Township By-Law Enforcement

The Township has recently produced a 2-page summary regarding their by-laws and the enforcement procedures.  This covers noise, tree cutting, ATV usage as well as many more areas.  A copy of that summary can be found here -TML By-Law. Enforcement TML By-Law. Enforcement

Consider posting a copy in your cottage.

 

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Township Watch - June 2020

Township embarks on an asset management plan. Closure of the Port Sandfield bridge. Littering by-law to be researched. The KEE to Bala “contingency plan” for the summer of 2020, includes many outdoor events. Swift River Energy Limited to terminate lease of Township lands. Curbside pick-up in Port Carling defeated. Joint Official Plan policy review for Minett update & $30,000.00 approved for a consultant. Delegation of consent approvals to staff defeated. Township staff ~ new hire, new title and those leaving. Grass runway at the Muskoka Airport closed for 2020. Michael Duben resigns as District CAO.  -  Read more about Township Watch - June 2020

Delegating at Council

Have something to say? Want to tell Council what you think? Here's how.  -  Read more about Delegating at Council

Township Watch - May 2020

Committee of the Whole met to deliberate the 2020 budget. Council passes 2020 budget with a levy of 2.14%. Penalties on unpaid property taxes wavied. Condominium agreements carried with Mist Opportunities Inc. & Villas of Lake Muskoka Ltd. Director of Financial Services hired. COVID-19 update from the Commissioner of Health Services at the District of Muskoka.  -  Read more about Township Watch - May 2020

Going to Muskoka?

05/15/20 - Updated - Going to Muskoka - A dilemma. Should we go to the cottage on the long weekend - or should we not?  -  Read more about Going to Muskoka?

Township Watch - April 2020

Township and District meetings held electronically during COVID-19. Township By-Law Officer appointed. Moon River dock will not be available for use again this summer. Beaumaris Bridge in need of repairs. Penalties on late property taxes deferred to May 31st, 2020. Township operational activities and COVID-19. Should boat launches be closed during COVID-19? Will the grass runway at the Muskoka Airport open this year? An update from the District on solid waste management ~ curb side pick up, transfer stations and unstaffed bin sites. Draft 1 of the Township 2020 budget returned to staff for cuts.  -  Read more about Township Watch - April 2020

Ratepayers Comments on 2020 Budget

As part of the Township’s budgeting process, comments and suggestions on the proposed budget are solicited from the community. You can read our submission here.  -  Read more about Ratepayers Comments on 2020 Budget

Township Watch - March 2020

Safe Quiet Lakes launches pilot project for wake and speed on the Indian River and Mirror Lake. Should Community Centre rental fees be waived for community groups? MPAC residential assessments to be mailed May 4th, full assessment refresher attached. New meeting schedule and Council/Committee structure approved. Full report of round-table discussion on the Community Safety and Policing Act. MNRF not willing to say there will be no flooding. Restrictions on sports courts and recreational areas on the waterfront.  -  Read more about Township Watch - March 2020

Township Watch - February 2020

Muskoka Ratepayers not in agreement with comments made on bubbler use. Township Treasurer no longer with the Township. Your public garbage bin is being removed by April 2023. Township meeting schedule changed. Council defers acceptance of Strategic Plan draft. Sports courts draft by-law not accepted by Council. Lake plans are good for the Township. Brief General/Finance meeting. Official Plan discussion paper presented to Planning Committee. Recommendations to be made to the District on Mary Jane Lake subdivision. 2019 planning department activity report. 2020 District budget passed.  -  Read more about Township Watch - February 2020

Economic Snapshot - Winter - 2019 / 2020

The recently released report on flooding in Ontario represents the first step in an effort to understand what caused the flooding and what we can do better to try to mitigate the effects of future flood events. The report is of financial importance to those directly in the path of the flood as well as all taxpayers who will have to pay for any damage to publicly owned infrastructure. This Economic Snapshot gives the reader an opportunity to review the study findings as they apply directly to Muskoka.  -  Read more about Economic Snapshot - Winter - 2019 / 2020

Muskoka Etiquette - 2018

A set of suggestions to live by  -  Read more about Muskoka Etiquette - 2018
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Upcoming Events - Monthly Calendar

TML - General / Finance Committee
Jul 15, 2020 9:00am to 12:00pm
TML - Council
Jul 15, 2020 1:00pm to 5:00pm
TML - Planning Committee
Jul 16, 2020 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ratepayers - Virtual AGM 2020
Jul 18, 2020 10:00am to 10:45am
TML - Committe of Adjustment
Jul 21, 2020 9:00am to 12:00pm
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