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Budget hike of 2.4 per cent for Wellington County

Wellington County council has approved a 2013 budget with a 2.4% increase to the county portion of property taxes.
“This budget will protect and enhance key county priorities and services,” Warden Chris White said in a news release after the budged passed last Thursday.
The budget includes $7.7 million in county funding towards new public health facilities in Guelph and Orangeville.
Other budget highlights, the release said, include:
• $12.9 million in spending on roads and bridges
• continuation of the Fergus Library renovation and expansion
• longer hours at the library branches in Rockwood, Elora, Harriston, Arthur and Erin
• retrofit and roof work to the artifact storage buildings of the Wellington County Museum and Archives
• implementation of the county’s economic development strategic plan through new economic initiatives, including a new website
• construction of a new North Wellington Ontario Provincial Police operations centre at Teviotdale.
“This budget reflects council’s longstanding tradition of delivering high quality programs and essential services in a cost-effective manner,” Coun. John Green, chair of the county’s administration, finance and personnel committee, said in the release.

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