Lumby budget proceeds

Lumby’s tax increase is rolling ahead.

Council gave three readings to the 2012 financial plan bylaw — including a 2.82 per cent tax hike — Monday.

“Everyone has agreed to it and the budget is in its final form,” said Mayor Kevin Acton.

The tax increase will mean an extra $19.42 this year for a home assessed at $233,921.

There has been very little public feedback on the budget, even at the official public hearing.

“The story on the street is it’s a responsible budget,” said Acton.

“There’s work to be done and we’re not wasting money. There are projects that need to be done.”

The village will place $25,000 per year into reserves for infrastructure such as road upgrades.

It’s expected the 2012 budget will be adopted April 16.

On Monday, council gave final approval to this year’s water fees.

The base rate is going from $12 to $12.35 per month, while the consumption rate is increasing from 64 to 66 cents per cubic metre.

For the village’s sewer utility, the base rate will go from $12 to $12.35 a month while the consumption rate is climbing from 40 cents to 41 cents per cubic metre.

Residential garbage is going from $11 to  $11.36 per month and recycling is increasing from $1.75 to $1.79 per month.


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