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West Grey council passes budget

West Grey Council has passed its 2019 budget, allocating money to infrastructure projects and initiatives to continue moving West Grey forward.

The municipal increase of 3.73 per cent translates to $4.35 per $100,000 assessment.

Highlights of the budget include over $4.9 million for capital projects across the municipality; roads reconstruction projects in Durham and Bentinck; furnace and roof replacement at the Neustadt Library; over $700,000 to bridge repairs; an LED lighting replacement program for the Bentinck and Normanby sheds; and investing in arts and culture through a partnership with the Durham Art Gallery.

“I am pleased with the in-depth dialogue and review of the 2019 budget,” said Mayor Christine Robinson.   “I believe this budget meets the goals of investing in West Grey while being mindful of the corresponding pressures on our ratepayers.”

Mayor Robinson noted that the foundation to council’s decision-making was a commitment to investing in and maintaining West Grey’s assets and infrastructure while planning for community-building initiatives such as enhanced communication and fostering culture.