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The Muskoka Ratepayers' Association represents ALL residents, taxpayers and business owners in the Township of Muskoka Lakes.  Our priorities are monitoring of local government, property taxation and economic development, environmental issues and timely communications with our members. 

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Township Budget - 2016 - Approved

The Council of the Township of Muskoka Lakes approved the budget for 2016 at their meeting this morning (March 18). The 2016 operating budget is 4.02% higher than last year's, and the tax rate is 1.72% greater than in 2015.  The Township estimates that this will add $1.80 for every $100,000 of assessed value (for residential properties).  You should also note that your assessment has likely gone up again this year due the the phase in on property assessments over a 4 year period. 

The approved township budget can be found here -TML - Approverd 2016 Budget TML - Approved 2016 Budget

The Township budget accounts for only a portion (approximately 17%) of your tax bill, the other components being the District and Education.  More will be published later as the specific tax rates are known.

Finally, it should be noted that the Township budget also calls for the further drawing down of its discretionary reserves (something like their savings account) to pay for primarily capital items. Details are contained in the budget document.

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Township Watch - May 2016

The Cove, short term cottage rentals, community gardens, fireworks, the Kee (Dunn's) is 75, final 2016 tax rates, OPP costs  -  Read more about Township Watch - May 2016

Township Watch - April 2016

Tim Horton's, Muskoka Conservancy, Annual Report for Emergency Services, The Cove Marina, ATV Usage, Integrity Commissioner, Revised Meeting Schedule  -  Read more about Township Watch - April 2016

Township of Muskoka Lakes - 100 Day Report Card

The new Council has been in office for over 100 days. How are they doing?  -  Read more about Township of Muskoka Lakes - 100 Day Report Card

Bala Falls - Small Hydro Electric Plant

The Township has established a "Bala Falls Working Committee" including 3 members of Council, 2 from Swift River, the Interim CAO, and an independent chair. This committee has met 6 times to date, and focuses on issues that the Township has some control over.

The Muskoka Ratepayers’ Association has not in the past, nor do we now, take a position for or against the proposed small hydro plant at Bala Falls. Since the proposal first surfaced in 2005, it has been the subject of countless environmental and technical studies, public meetings, delegations to Councils, and consultant reports. Its progress through the labyrinth of approvals has been well considered and reviewed by both provincial and municipal political and administrative levels over a lengthy period of time. Its cost to the taxpayer has been significant.  -  Read more about Bala Falls - Small Hydro Electric Plant

Comprehensive Zoning By-Law - 2014-14

The Comprehensive Zoning By-Law (2014-14) was passed in a recorded vote of six to three at the February 13 Council meeting. The time for appeals has passed, and there are a number that have been filed.  -  Read more about Comprehensive Zoning By-Law - 2014-14

Best Suggested Operating Practices for Dock & Boat House De-icer Systems

October, November, December is the time of year that waterfront property owners with boathouses and docks start up their "Bubbler" systems it seems. The Muskoka Ratepayers' Association has been researching the use of these "Ice-away" devices and the need for their prudent use. The MRA feel the need, the intensity and the safety of using these systems was worthy of our comments being published. Please click on De-Icer Systems which will discuss our Best Suggested Practices. .  -  Read more about Best Suggested Operating Practices for Dock & Boat House De-icer Systems

Upcoming Events - Monthly Calendar

TML - Committee of Adjustment
Jul 13, 2016 9:00am to 12:00pm
TML - Committee of the Whole
Jul 14, 2016 9:00am to 1:00pm
TML - Council
Jul 15, 2016 9:00am to 12:00pm
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