Loyalist Township has presented their 2021 Budget for public consultation and comment. You are invited to voice your opinion by filling in the form found on the Township website. (Link shown below).
The bottom line of the budget is a 4% increase in residential property taxes.
The Loyalist Township Business Services Department produced Report # SR-1575 and identified non-discretionary budget pressures included in the 2021 preliminary budget.
As can be seen the big numbers appear to be far from non-discretionary. Salary increases of $337,000. Benefits increase of 8% $144,000. Four new positions created $131,000. An 18% increase in insurance costs $175,000. I notice the increase in the cost of garbage contracts $21,000. We have just seen an increase in the cost of Garbage tags by 25%. Where did that money go? A salary freeze would seem appropriate given the harsh economic reality of 2020 and 2021.
Link to the Loyalist Township website.
Please take the time to do some research before you just sign an online petition. Visit the Township website and leave your comments there. You will not be asked for a cash donation or to forward the petition to your friends.
Smoke and Mirrors
Here is an example of smoke and mirrors from the Loyalist Township Business Services Department Report # SR-1575
We can take a 4% increase now or see it reduced to 2% and have our property assessment revised upwards. I would like to see it reduced to 2% with no increase in residential property assessments.
The proposed 4% increase seems rather excessive considering the hardships Covid 19 has imposed on many households. I am sure the Township could find a 2% saving in a $18M budget.
There is an online petition circulating which asks you to “stop the 4% hike” the petition gives a short introduction but does not address the issues which have caused the proposed 4% increase. The company promoting this petition is Change.org an online company who advocate for issues all over the world. Once you click the “Sign this Petition” button they will ask you to send a cash donation to Change.org and a comment.
The link to Change.org is
They do give you a link to the Township website where you can read the proposed 2021 Budget and give feedback directly to Loyalist Township. Direct feedback and comments are likely to receive much more attention especially if you comment on specific sections of the Budget.
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