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.

https://forms.loyalisttownship.ca/Council-and-Administration/Budget-Feedback-Form?fbclid=IwAR1fcIzIxoeZpa5Pg6aM6EJfbCLEF9bt59uIaUmGfoeCTEKv55UiFrBWx_A

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.

Online Petition

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

https://www.change.org/p/loyalist-township-stop-the-loyalist-township-4-property-tax-hike?recruiter=1018321509&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_abi&utm_term=psf_combo_share_abi&recruited_by_id=241827a0-0565-11ea-804b-5b8e8b81b954&utm_content=fht-27330384-en-ca%3A2

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.

The opinions expressed above are those of the Webmaster and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the LCCRA membership or Executive.

One Comment, RSS

  • Ron Betournay

    As initially stated above:
    Please ensure you make your opinions count in the official feedback portal. Copy – Paste this address into your Web Browser……https://www.loyalist.ca/en/council-and-administration/budget-and-financial-reporting.aspx

    In sharing my position; the actual Budget Book & Department Presentations as posted on the Township Website contain inconsistencies and is lacking in transparency relative to the impacts of; Staff additions, the ever-expanding tax base and, other revenue sources (i.e. Utilities, Federal/Provincial Grants, User Fees). The financial schedule posted (above) is but one example. One might say; Smoke & Mirrors!

    Bottom line; the proposed Budget increase at 4 times the CPI is fiscally irresponsible and, an assault on the intellect & livelihood of Taxpayers.

    Council needs to STOP; (1) hiding behind the postponed MPAC evaluation process, (2) aggressively replenishing reserves, (3) avoiding data transparency and, (4) using the already approved Strategic Plan as a justification for adopting a fiscally irresponsible budget in a period of high unemployment and low inflation. The implementation of the SP needs to be delayed pending its affordability.

    Residents require “Leadership” and, its seriously lacking! Council NEEDS to get grounded in reality. Increases consistent with the CPI are achievable with the revenues from the expanded tax base funding any Capital rejuvenation and providing further economies of scale to the benefit of the taxpayer. It’s time for a renewed approach to financial planning and management in the Township. Perhaps, a private sector approach in managing operations to acceptable market level revenues as opposed to accosting its residents!

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