WINCHESTER — North Dundas Township’s 2021 Budget was passed by a unanimous vote March 23 resulting in an average 2.1% tax reduction to North Dundas residents and businesses.
Given that the overall assessment for 2021 is up less than 1% over 2020 (0.88% to be exact) — and the fact that the tax rate has been reduced by 2.1% — most, if not all, taxpayers in North Dundas will see a decrease in the municipal portion of their tax bills. The “average homeowner” — living in a home valued at $400,000 — should see a decrease of $34.27 in their tax bill from last year.
The approved budget aims to collect an overall levy of $6,711,420 — down $76,437 from 2020 — from the residents and businesses in North Dundas.
“Council recognizes the challenges and financial pressures that the community has experienced over this past year and continues to face as a result of the pandemic,” said Mayor Tony Fraser. “The budget we passed is sensitive to these pressures, while maintaining the desired level of service for North Dundas infrastructure, most importantly our roads.”
North Dundas is experiencing unprecedented growth in many areas. The township says it is “working diligently to maintain its infrastructure to a standard that reflects the expectations of current taxpayers while also attracting new residents and investors” to the municipality.
“After reviewing a comprehensive Roads Needs Assessment conducted last fall, Council determined that a major focus for fiscal 2021 should be the upgrading of the township’s roads infrastructure,” added Fraser. “With this in mind, we approved $3.5 million to improve a total of 24 kms of roads.”
Other priorities include the enhancement of the township’s ball diamonds and continued upkeep of municipal recreational facilities.
Due to the pandemic, the number of properties assessed by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) was greatly reduced in 2020. In addition, since 2020 represented the last year of the previous four-year phase-in of assessment growth, the assessment for 2021 is largely the same as it was for 2020.