Halton Hills councillors choose infrastructure over art when making cuts to 2023 budget
Published February 2, 2023 at 2:47 pm
The Town of Halton Hills is focussing on infrastructure over art in its proposed 2023 budget.
Facing higher prices across the board, largely driven by inflation, local councillors whittled down the local portion of the municipal tax increase from 7.4 to 6.62 per cent during this week’s deliberations.
If approved at the next council meeting, the overall tax increase, including region and education, will be 4.26 per cent. The increase will mean an additional $34.87 per $100,000 of assessed home value.
Nine projects were removed from the proposed budget to cut $460,000, including the addition of Truth and Reconciliation crosswalks, an Indigenous public art project planned for Georgetown library’s courtyard, a new community and cultural hub and replacement of electric vehicle chargers.
Many infrastructure projects survived the cuts, including replacement of Public Works equipment as well as road paving and resurfacing.
Final approval will be discussed at the Feb. 13 council meeting.