Huron East Budget Challenges Will Continue

The mayor of Huron East says setting a budget is going to be difficult for council for the next few years.

Council has tentatively approved a budget with an increase of 11.5 per cent. Bernie MacLellan explains the biggest reasons for the increase are the reduction in Ontario Municipal Partnership Funding and the new OPP Billing model, with the OMPF funding accounting for nine per cent.

MacLellan also points out they had to take the last $240,000 out of equipment reserves to hold the increase to 11.5 per cent. The Education portion of the budget was actually reduced this year and the county’s share is relatively low, so the final figure for Huron East is between five and six per cent.

MacLellan says the budget will be passed at the next Huron East council meeting.