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Town to hike taxes 3.4 per cent

Property taxes in Fort Erie are going up an average of 3.4 per cent in 2012.

The Town’s one-third share of the total tax bill is going up 4.6 per cent, missing council’s guideline of a 2.9 per cent increase.

Councillor’s refused to commit any money toward the replacement of the Kinsmen Pool which will not open in 2012. Councillor Stephen Passero asked that $325,000 be set aside to seed the proposed $2.5 million pool, but there were no takers.

Nor did councillors replenish $372,000 in reserve that was spent to reconstruct the Point Abino Lighthouse.

Council took some bites out of the requests from the Economic Development and Tourism Corporation and the library.

Library chief executive officer Craig Shufelt said Sunday operations will cease but it won’t be a huge loss because it’s the slowest day.

Council did come up with $200,000 for the War of 1812 Bicentennial committee with its signature event this summer to be a “grande parade”.

More in the next edition of the paper.

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  1. Mark | Feb 1, 2012 | Reply

    Ok. So what did they cut?

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