South Dundas approves 2019 budget

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MORRISBURG – South Dundas approved its 2019 budget Tuesday night (March 5) with an overall tax increase of 1.41 per cent.

For a home valued at $206,277, it will mean another $14.26 this year on your tax bill.

The municipality will be collecting about $6.8 million in taxes this year – about 3.7 per cent or $246,000 more than in 2018.

The increase doesn’t include the county portion of taxes.

Among the highlights in the budget is money toward underground services along Ontario Street, the waterfronts in Iroquois and Morrisburg, $150,000 toward sidewalk upgrades, improvements to Haldane and Meadowbrook Park, a rehab of the Morrisburg Clock Tower and roadside banners in Williamsburg and Brinston.

The biggest expenses for the municipality are roads ($3.1 million) and recreation ($2.1 million).

The budget also has two new hires – a contract position for a Community Program Coordinator and a Youth Engagement Intern, which will also be funded by the Rural Ontario Institute.

South Dundas is also going through a 2018 financial audit next month with results expected soon after.