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Council Highlights
November 20, 2017

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In this issue

  1. 2018 Budget
  2. Farm Property Tax Class
  3. Are You Testing Your Well Water?

2018 Budget

Council convened a Special Council Meeting in order to continue working on their 2018 Budget.

Treasurer Les Halucha reported that he had just received correspondence during the meeting from the Ministry of Finance that appeared to indicate that the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) grant was reduced by the province from the projected $321,400 to approximately $273,200 thus reducing the Town’s budgeted revenues by $48,200.

Council continued their review of the draft budget, amending it to reach a budget having a 1.7% inflationary increase.

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Farm Property Tax Class

Council discussed how the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assesses portions of farm properties that are not being farmed (non-tilled acres), at what value, and the impact it has on owners of farm properties. It was noted that there have not been any changes to the MPAC regulations, but that MPAC was more aggressively applying the existing regulations.

Council will be sending a letter to the Province asking that they undertake a review of how it applies tax classes to non-tilled acres of properties being farmed.

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Are You Testing Your Well Water?

Deputy Mayor McGhee made note of a report by Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health in which they reported that of the over 10,000 private well water sample results submitted from Dufferin residents between 2011 & 2015, 21% had evidence of bacterial contamination. A geographic cluster of contaminated samples was detected in north and central Dufferin.

And while Public Health is working to identify potential causes of increased contamination in this area, it is worth noting that only 15% of Dufferin residents with private wells tested their water in a given year.

Public Health recommends you test your well water for bacteria at least three times a year, with the most important time to test being the spring.

High risk cluster for bacteria Rate of wells tested annually

You can pick up an empty water sampling bottle from a participating Public Health office or from the municipal office. Samples can be dropped off at one of the locations shown below:

Drop-off times for well water testing

Public Health Office

When to bring sample in

160 Chancellors Way

Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30-10 a.m.

474 Wellington Road #18, Suite 100

Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30-10 a.m.

180 Broadway

Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30-10 a.m.

Mel Lloyd Centre
167 Centre Street

Monday and Wednesday: 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Other Participating LocationsWhen to bring sample in

Mount Forest
Louise Marshall Hospital – Laboratory
630 Dublin St

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Palmerston District Hospital – Laboratory
500 Whites Road

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

This only applies if you get your drinking water from a private well. Those on municipal water systems do not need to test their water for bacteria.

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The next Council Meeting is scheduled for November 28th, 2017 at 9 a.m. and will include a Public Budget Consultation where residents will have an opportunity to ask questions or make comments on the 2018 Budget.

Agendas and minutes for all council and committee meetings can be found on the Town's
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