Innisfil has gotten ahead of itself and finished a two-year budget. The 2017 and 2018 budgets were passed at Wednesday evening’s council meeting, and comes with a 1.09% and 1.93% tax increase respectively. That means next year your tax bill will go up an average $45, and just over $80 the year after that. The town’s Treasurer, Lockie Davis, says Innisfil approved two budgets to help plan ahead.
This year’s tax dollars will help finance:
- Launching an on-demand transit service that’s accessible, easy to use, takes advantage of the latest technology and meets Innisfil’s needs.
- Working with the Ministry of Transportation on improving the bridge crossing Highway 400 at the 6th Line, allowing for an interchange to be built in the future.
- New recreation areas, including: a baseball diamond at the sports fields beside the Cookstown Library Community Centre & ideaLAB, a parkette near the intersection of the 6th Line and the Go Rail Line, a parkette near the intersection of Lockhart Road and 25th Sideroad and a park near the intersection of 20th Sideroad and Belle Aire Beach Road.
- Upgrades to existing parks located at Pitt Street, Stroud Arena.
- A master plan for Innisfil Beach Park to help manage growth and guide future improvements.
- Retrofitting Innisfil’s stormwater system to reduce the amount of phosphorus going into Lake Simcoe.
- Continued funding of the popular Roads Rehabilitation Program, to ensure numerous roads throughout the town are repaired.