Township Watch - Budget Special


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Special Budget Report

A Special Committee of the Whole meeting was held on February 19th, 2013, where the 2013 draft Township budget was reviewed.  The committee first reviewed the Operating Budget and then the Capital Budget.  The budgets were reviewed department by department with very few changes being made.  Unfortunately, in the 2013 draft budget there still sits a request for $60,200.00 from the Heritage Committee, and the MRA are extremely upset that the councillors did not oppose this item. 

As reported in our last Township Watch, in 2011 the Heritage Committee was budgeted

$1,000.00.  In 2012, the Heritage Committee was budgeted $25,000.00 but according to the budget it is estimated that their actual expenses were closer to $50,528.00.  That is an increase of over 100%!  According to the Township Treasure’s report so far this year, the Heritage Committee has already spent $31,000.00 of the $60,200.00 being requested.

According to the numbers provided in the 2013 budget, in 2012, the Township spent ~

  • $25,363.00 on legal fees related to the Bala Falls
  • $35,794.00 on legal fees for the Conservancy Review Board Hearing
  • $19,294.00 on consulting fees for the Conservancy Review Board Hearing

In addition, the following is budgeted for 2013 ~

  • $27,000.00 for further legal fees for the Conservancy Review Board
  • $ 6,000.00 for further consulting fees for the Conservancy Review Board
  • $25,000.00 for Heritage District Activities

If these numbers concern or alarm you, the MRA suggests that you contact your Councillors prior to the budget going to Council.

A Special Council Meeting will be held on Friday March 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm to pass the budget and appoint a Steering Committee for the comprehensive Zoning By-Law Review.  The MRA notes that in January the Council altered their meeting schedule from every 3 weeks to once a month, and before even starting the new schedule they have already added an extra meeting due to the length of time between today and the next scheduled council meeting on March 15, 2013.

The MRA hopes everyone is having a safe and fun winter.

 

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