The Council for the Municipality of Charlton and Dack adopted the budget for 2015 at their Council meeting of April 27th. In 2015, the Municipality of Charlton and Dack has seen the cost of policing, which is provided by the Ontario Provincial Police, increase by over $10,000 from 2014 to $65,612. The Municipality of Charlton and Dack has also seen a decrease in their Provincial Funding of approximately $14,000 from 2014. These items have largely attributed to a six percent increase over the 2014 Municipal Levy. This year the Municipality will be raising $527,878 for municipal purposes an increase of $31,039 from 2014.
Although the residential tax rate has fallen by 1.25% the change that a resident will see depends on their assessment value from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. An average home, assessed at $100,250, will pay $1,372.51 in municipal taxes in 2015 an increase of approximately $90 over 2014. The Charlton Residential Water Users will see no change to their rates which will remain at $850. Both the Bradley and Clarksville Water Systems will see a $25 increase to their water rates bringing them to $400 and $325 respectively.
New to the budget this year is an expanded recycling program with Temiskaming Shores and the addition of a contracted municipal by-law officer. Council has also approved increases to various outside groups including the Earlton –Timiskaming Regional Airport, the Englehart and Area Historical Museum, the Englehart Public Library and the Englehart and Area Fire Department.
The budget includes transferring approximately $66,000 from general reserves to pay off three outstanding equipment loans and the investment of over $12,000 into a capital reserve for future equipment purchases. Over $140,000 will be spent on capital road projects this year including Palmateer Road, Main Street, and Sprucegrove Road which will receive new gravel.
The 2015 Budget follows a strong 2014 year which saw a surplus of $26,614. The Charlton and Bradley water systems both showed positively at the end of last year, as well, with the operational deficits reduced from their 2013 amounts. However, the Municipality continued to struggle with taxes owing of over $103,000 at the end of 2014.