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Council Highlights
October 11, 2016


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In this issue

  1. Town Hall Meeting
  2. Presentation by Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon
  3. NVCA 2017 Budget & OPP Draft Budgets Propose Significant Increases
  4. Draft 2017 Town of Mono Capital Budget

Town Hall Meeting

Council confirmed Saturday November 12th, 2016 as the date of a Town Hall Meeting which will be held at Monora Park from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A representative from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) has been tentatively scheduled to give a presentation on the 2016 Assessment Update of property values and will be taking questions from the public. Council will also be seeking input from attendees on ideas to advance citizen engagement within the Town. The meeting will conclude with an open forum. An agenda will be published at a later date.

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Presentation by Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon

Local MPP Sylvia Jones provided an update to Council on her activities at Queen's Park. She discussed Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) reform, the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review, proposed Hwy 10 construction project and proposed changes to the grant review teams for Trillium funding. Council agreed to forward a letter to the Ontario Trillium Foundation expressing concern over the proposed "regionally based model" and the impact on our community from reduced local representation under this model.

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NVCA 2017 Budget & OPP Draft Budgets Propose Significant Increases

Council received the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority (NVCA) 2017 Draft Budget and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) 2017 Estimated Billing Statement.

NVCA 2017 operational budget is $ 4,773,789, a 2.3% increase over 2016, with Mono's operational levy being $84,285; up $5,450 from last year. New this year, the NVCA has established an Asset Management Plan and associated capital budget. The 2017 capital budget is $129,926 with Mono's levy coming in at $4,985.67. The NVCA's costs are shared amongst 18 municipalities and are based on MPAC property assessment. Combined, the operational and capital levies represent a 13.26% increase for Mono over the previous year.

The OPP provided their 2017 estimated costs which have police services in Mono increasing from $1.086 million to $1.127 million or 3.8% over the previous year.

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Draft 2017 Town of Mono Capital Budget

As part of the budget process, Council reviewed the 2017 Capital Budget as submitted by staff. Treasurer Les Halucha told Council that ideally, the "amount of capital works that should be completed is at least the value of annual asset depreciation plus inflation." He explained that this would help ensure that assets were not depleted. Not doing so could lead to a situation where the Town would have to "catch-up" on capital spending and that could necessitate a larger tax rate increase in the future. Mr. Halucha reported that the 2015 depreciation/amortization expense was approximately $1.6 million.

Capital projects, including $3.78 million in public works and $162,100 in recreation facilities, will be funded primarily through development charges, gas tax revenue and provincial grants. The projects will be individually assessed when Council considers the full 2017 Budget, scheduled for November 8th, 2016 at 7 p.m.

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The next Council Meeting is scheduled for October 25th, 2016 at 9 a.m.

Agendas and minutes for all council and committee meetings can be found on the Town's
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347209 Mono Centre Road
Mono,ON, L9W 6S3
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