Ratepayers in Kenora have received their bills for 2018. For a home valued this year at $175,500 -- middle of the pack in today's market -- the bill is for $2,443.

Kenora residents will pay about $52 dollars more in property tax this year. This represents a 2.6 per cent increase over last year's bill of $2,390.49 on a property that was worth $166,750 last year.

Similar to years past, council noted the sizable increase in the average assessment for properties this year, on average about 5.25 per cent, which outpaces inflation. In response, council decreased spending for their portion of the property tax bill again this year.

According to city staff, 37 per cent of the bill -- equal to $784 -- goes towards other organizations:

  • $393 for OPP
  • $231 KDSB
  • $112 Northwestern Health Unit
  • $48 Pinecrest

This leaves $1,361 -- or 63 per cent of the levy -- for city programs:

  • $494 roads, bridges, culverts, sidewalks
  • $301 parks, recreation, library, museum
  • $235 human resources, finance department, clerks, councillors
  • $200 protection through fire service ($150) , by-law enforcement and related services ($50)
  • $97 planning and development, including tourism and business centre
  • $25 storm sewers and recycling
  • $9 cemetery

The property tax bill doesn't pay for:

  • water and sewer
  • municipal hydro
  • garbage and solid waste

Council has been working with the province on ways to reduce:

  • cost of policing through a new funding formula
  • cost of social housing through grants to the district services board
  • cost of roads and bridges through infrastructure grants, gas tax and annualized provincial transfers

Council has also been working with staff to:

  • restructure the workforce and departments
  • streamline committee work
  • upgrade storm sewers
  • encourage recycling

For more information:

Mayor stays patient on grants

Province passes new Police Act

 

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