Cornwall passes 2020 budget with 3.06% increase

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CORNWALL – After three days of meetings, Cornwall councillors have approved the 2020 city budget.

The budget, passed after a nearly seven hour meeting, will see a 3.06% increase this year.

That will mean an extra $76.26 this year on a home valued at $173,684.

The city will collect $75.3 million in taxes this year to cover its $163 million budget.

“This is a responsible budget that speaks to maintaining our precious infrastructure,” Mayor Bernadette Clement said in closing remarks late Wednesday night.

Coun. Eric Bergeron, who introduced a flurry of motions to chop expenses from the blueprint to bring the tax increase down, was the only councillor to vote against the budget.

“The motions that have been defeated tonight, I respect. It’s clear I have a different view of the responsibility here,” Bergeron said.

The budget has been approved but a formal bylaw to pass the formal rate structure won’t likely come to council for a couple of months. The city has to wait on education tax rates from the Ontario government.