Petawawa Taxpayers To Pay An Average $85 More In 2019

Homeowners in Petawawa are going to pay an average of 85 dollars more on their property taxes this year.   

That’s the end result of a day long budget meeting Thursday, where council settled on a 9.9 per cent tax increase, after cutting more than a million dollars in spending from the original wish list.

Mayor Bob Sweet says the town’s tax rate is still one of the lowest in the county, and the budget invests in areas crucial to the town’s growth.

“When you consider what we’re delivering in terms of quality services, policing, library, recreation, public works .. that's not a lot of money this day in age", Sweet told Star 96.7.

"And you know what I’m proud of?  We’re not carrying any debt forward to do this job”, he added.

"We’re spending all the tax money that we receive on facilities within the town, not giving it away in interest and principal”.

Big ticket spending projects ahead for 2019 include a complete overhaul of John Street, including a new watermain and infrsastructure below ground, along with resurfacing parts of Black Bay Road and Schwantz Road.

The town will also spend money to continue improving the Algonquin Trail, and will purchase a new snow plow.

In addition, it’s also possible more streets could be redone if more provincial money comes through. 

Those potential projects, dependent on that cash, include Hilda Street, Lisa Crescent, and Scott Avenue.

The town is also putting some money toward major future projects such as upgrading its sewage and water plants.

Wish List Reduced

As with any budget, not everything on the wish list made it through for 2019.

Laura Street will not be upgraded as planned, with council opting to save over $200,000 by shelving that until another year.

Council also decided to cut $120,000 from the planning process for the rehabilitation of the Catwalk pond wall at Centennial Beach, opting instead to spend 2019 carving out a solid vision for the overall catwalk redevelopment.

It will still leave $100,000 in a contingency fund should any emergency repairs be required at the catwalk.

And, $125,000 was saved by delaying a plan to build a sidewalk on part of Victoria Street.

The Parks & Recreation Department will also not be getting two new vehicles, including a new pickup truck, requested for 2019, saving $90,000.

A new backstop for the Indian Diamond ballpark was also delayed, saving $45,000.

Some other projects for the Civic Centre and Library were also scaled back.