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Tax Rates and Tax Billing

The agenda for the May 30 council meeting includes a staff report recommending the tax rate for 2022. In November Council approved a tax increase of.75%  for the Township portion of the tax rate. The average increase for the Township portion of municipal tax has averaged only 1.11 per cent between 2018 and 2022, one of the lowest in the GTA.  The May 30  report identifies the final tax rate including both the regional and education portions. You can register to make a deputation by contacting [email protected] by noon on May 30 or you can send an email to [email protected]

See You At The Fair!

Come out to enjoy the 172nd annual Schomberg Agricultural Fair and Parade in the village of Schomberg. There are lots of activities lined up for the weekend such as the midway, food and entertainment vendors, live music, demolition derby, and lots more. Here are all the events starting Friday (5/27) at 4 PM and running through to Sunday afternoon.  It has been missed for2 years; but it is back.  Imaagine:  it has been giving us such joy for 172 years!

413: why it is so wrong

There are two recent stories in the media about the 413 Identifying the terrible consequences of the of this highway being constructed in the preferred route. The one in Yorkregion.com, based on a hiking tour through one area where the highway will be constructed, reviews the consequences on drinking water and on endangered species. The one in the  May 27 Globe & Mail features the responses of the agricultural community. This article would be judged to be a fair one as it includes responses and perspectives of both those in favor and those opposed. As this highway is figuring in the provincial election campaign it’s very timely to see both of these articles. As I have indicated in numerous posts over the last two years I believe this highway is too destructive and there is not a justification for it, particularly as there is a very reasonable alternative, specifically the 407 the underutilized 407.

Nobleton Fireworks

The best way to enjoy fireworks is to see the great spectacle in Nobleton on Monday, May 23 at the Nobleton Arena.  Be sure to go  early because parking and space fills quickly. For the best views, attendees are welcome to sit in the field behind the Nobleton Arena at 15 Old King Road. The show starts at dusk.  As reviewed in an earlier post Township is reducing the amount of fireworks being set off because of fire risk and potential harm to animals and persons; enjoying the display in Nobleton is the way to enjoy colourful displays in the sky.

 

Fireworks Bylaw Change

In response to concerns and complaints of citizens heard, particularly in 2021, an updated bylaw was passed May 9.  Key changes include fewer days that fireworks may be permitted, specifically on Victoria Day, Canada Day and the third day of Diwali Festival, only between dusk and 11pm and identification of areas where fireworks are not permitted including municipal property and within 1000 meters of areas with livestock.  To support enforcement there will be officers out; and the penalty structure was increased to address the severity of the offence. Setting off display fireworks and family fireworks requires permits which have requirements such as location.  Here is the bylaw.  Here is the press release.

The reduced times and places for fireworks is in response to the potential fire hazards and that the noise explosions can negatively impact animals, birds and people.

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