Volume 12 Week 5

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Matt Luloff

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Tim Tierney




(Posted 7:30 a.m., Feb. 4)
Preliminary budget calls for minor tax, user fee increases
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The cost of living in Ottawa is going up this year for everything from property taxes to flushing your toilet.

The 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 recreation fees.

Despite 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.

Most 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.

Cumberland 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 widened.

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.

This 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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