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Puslinch tax bills up at an average of $150

Homeowners in Puslinch Township will pay an average of $150 more this year on their property tax bills after the township council approved a 2014 budget with a 2.9 per cent tax increase.
Taking into account the County of Wellington’s 2014 approved budget and the province’s education tax rate, the blended tax impact for the average Puslinch residence worth $562,000 is 2.67% or $150 annually, a news release said.
“Puslinch Council has passed a responsible budget that continues to focus on key priorities,” Mayor Dennis Lever said in the release.
Puslinch Township’s budget accounts for 17% of the total property tax bill for township residents in 2014. So the township’s 2.9% budget hike produces a $27 increase in township residents’ tax bills.
The county’s budget accounts for 63% of the tax bill of Puslinch residents, or $118 of the $150 tax increase for 2014, the release said. It noted that the county’s budget increase for 2014 is 3.33%, but that the county tax rate is preliminary until county council adopts a 2014 tax policy in April.
The other $5 of the $150 tax increase for the average Puslinch residence this year results from the education tax rate set by the province.
Puslinch budget highlights for 2014, the release said, include:
• over $1.2 million invested in roads and bridges, including improvements to French’s Bridge, Concession 2, and Leslie Road
• a contribution to the Streetscaping Morriston multi-year project
• contributions of $328,500 into capital reserves for future projects and equipment
• information technology software upgrades.
• flooring for the main hall of the Puslinch Community Centre
• Cenotaph restoration project
• recreation and fire master plan studies.

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