7:30 a.m., Feb. 4)
Preliminary budget calls for minor tax, user fee increases
By Fred Sherwin
cost of living in Ottawa is going up this year for everything
from property taxes to flushing your toilet.
2015 preliminary budget contains a two per cent tax increase,
a 2.5 per cent hike in transit fares, a six per cent increase
in water and sewer rates and a two per cent increase in
the fact the project won't be done until at least 2031,
150 people filled the R.J. Kennedy Community Centre in
Cumberland Village to voice their displeasure.
wanted to know why the other three options were rejected.
They were told that the other options weren't so much
rejected as the widening option was selected as the best
route according to the evaluation criteria.
Ward Coun. Stephen Blais also explained the other options
run through prime agricultural land and would have required
the appropriation of a number of properties. No properties
will have to be appropriated if the existing highway is
That failed to satisfy a number of the residents at the
meeting who argued the widening would only help residents
in Clarence-Rockland at their expense. Despite assurances
to the contrary, they felt widening the highway would
make it less safe and lead to more accidents.
is the second of four rounds of public consultations that
will be held during the course of the Hwy. 174 / CR17
widening study. The next round of public consultations
will be held in the fall.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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