County taxpayers faced with 1.8% tax increase

The United Counties building and Provincial Offences Act courthouse at 22 Pitt Street in Cornwall. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

SD&G – Taxpayers in the United Counties will be facing a 1.8 per cent increase in the county portion of their tax bills this year.

County council conditionally approved the 2017 budget Wednesday, which will see a homeowner with a home valued at $207,000 pay an extra $22 a year.

That increase doesn’t include the township and education portions of the bill, which make up more than half of the overall burden for ratepayers.

Council had been looking at a trimmed down budget (a 5.5 per cent decrease) but decided to add $3.2 million in new spending and dedicate that money toward upkeep of its road system – its single biggest expense.

That road work includes the urban section of County Road 22 into Maxville (320 meters west of Prince Street to County Road 20).

The 2017 budget should get the formal stamp of approval at the March 23, 2017 meeting.