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2022 Operating and Capital Budget - Approved

On Wednesday, January 12, 2022 Township Council approved the 2022 Operating and Capital Budget and Forecast.

The 2022 Budget has a net levy of $13,029,600, which represents a 1.83% tax rate increase over the prior year. The estimated tax increase to a typical residential property valued at $500,000 is $11.24.

A copy of the final Township Budget can be accessed here - 2022  Approved Budget 2022 Approved Budget


AGM 2021 / Yearbook

Once again, due to COVID-19, the board decided to cancel the in person meeting.

The meeting will be held via ZOOM at 10am Saturday August 28th, 2021. If you choose to attend, please email us at

Once again, we are forced to produce an electronic only version of our 2021 Yearbook.  This has been emailed to our members, but a copy is also available here - Yearbook - 2021 Yearbook - 2021


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Township Draft Official Plan

The Township has formally released a draft Official Plan for public review and comment. The draft Official Plan is based on a series of Policy Directions that were endorsed by Council on August 12, 2020 and then modified on October 28 and 30, 2020. A series of meetings were then held with the Official Plan Review Working Committee and/or Planning Committee on March 29th, April 1st, 6th, 16th and 26th, June 23rd and 24th, July 6th and September 1, 2021 to review iterations of the draft policy framework. The result of these many discussions is a draft Official Plan dated October 2021.

A copy of the latest draft can be foind here -TML Official Plan - Draft 2 TML Official Plan - Draft 2

More details can be found on the Township web site at - OP - Survey and Open House

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 - January 2022

General/Finance Committee met to further deliberate 2022 Draft Budget. Township considers by-law to regulate the alteration and encroachment on public lands. Brian Orser Skating School returning in 2022. Planning fees & charges increased. 2022 budget approved. New parking spots coming to Walker’s Point. Use of fireworks to be limited to certain days and times. Cell towers proposed for Lee Valley Road and Highway 141. 2021 saw surge in planning applications, building permits and by-law complaints.  -  Read more about Township Watch - January 2022

Township Watch - December 2021

Skeleton Lake island property owners ask the Township for help with mainland parking. General/Finance Committee members request more time before recommending approval of the 2022 Draft Budget to Council. Port Carling and Bala Community Improvement Plans adopted by Council. Township vaccination policy for COVID-19 adopted. Two new building inspectors appointed. Official Plan Amendment No 56 ~ Minett adopted by the Township and forwarded to the District for their approval. Draft Site Alteration By-Law increases fines to the maximum allowed under the Municipal Act for violations. In a recorded vote of 6 to 4, Planning Committee recommends to Council approval of a Race Boat Museum and Event Centre (Algonquin International Corporation).  -  Read more about Township Watch - December 2021

Ratepayers Comments on TML Official Plan Update V2.

The Ratepayers comment on the Township' Official Plan - Draft 2  -  Read more about Ratepayers Comments on TML Official Plan Update V2.

Ratepayers Comments on TML Draft Budget - 2022

The Ratepayers comment on the Township's 2022 Draft Budget  -  Read more about Ratepayers Comments on TML Draft Budget - 2022

Township Watch - November 2021

Following multiple budget meetings, public input is to be received on a net levy increase of 6.6% over the 2021 Township budget on November 30th. The Muskoka Lakes Public Library continues to offer services during COVID 19. General/Finance Committee votes to rehabilitate Burgess 1 Dam and power generator. Public request for ice in the Bala arena received a position outcome. Although Township Community Centres may re-open Township staff must be present to confirm vaccination status and supervise events. No Parking on Beaumaris Road reinstated. Township hires a new building inspector. Community Improvement Plans for Bala and Port Carling receive support from the Planning Committee. Township to review seven by-laws including site alteration and tree preservation by-laws.  -  Read more about Township Watch - November 2021

Township Watch - October 2021

Bala Falls Bridge design is to be Option 2. Director of Legislative Services retiring after 34 years. New Director of Legislative Services hired. Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Muskoka Lakes Museum, Walker’s Point Community Library and Milford Bay Community Library make budget requests. On street parking to be reviewed in Official Plan and Transportation Projects, while parking by-law and signage on Beaumaris Road to be aligned. Township receives clean 2020 audit review. Integrity Commissioner provides annual report to Committing including complaints received. Options for Burgess 1 Dam presented to Council. Township seeks public input on new on site sewage system draft policy. Enforcement policy and procedure manual presented to the Planning Committee who put forward by-laws to be reviewed. Township seeking input on draft fireworks by-law.  -  Read more about Township Watch - October 2021

Ratepayers' Comments on 2022 Budget Process

The Ratepayers comment on the 2022 proposed budget process  -  Read more about Ratepayers' Comments on 2022 Budget Process

Letter to Ministry of the Environment - Torrance Barrens

Concerns regarding illegal activities, accumulation of garbage and failing infrastructure of the Torrance Barrens and Hardy Lake Parks prompt the Muskoka Ratepayers to write Minister Yurek. Upon receipt, a reply from Minister Yurek, it will be added  -  Read more about Letter to Ministry of the Environment - Torrance Barrens

Delegating at Council

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

Muskoka Etiquette

A set of suggestions to live by  -  Read more about Muskoka Etiquette
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