Municipal taxpayers in Iroquois Falls are paying 2.9% more this year. Mayor Tory Delaurier says that works out to $46.00 for the average household.
That’s less than $4.00 a month. Most residents of the Falls would likely pay that just for what the mayor says will be this year’s major capital project.
“We are going to be working on Cambridge Ave. from Victoria Rd. to Synagogue Ave.,” he announces. “So I think the residents will be very happy so when they go to Tim Hortons and The Bargain Shop, no more rough road. That’ll be done at the end of the summer.”
Also planned are mostly energy efficiency projects in the curling rink. And Delaurier says fuel is now available at the airport, hopefully increasing its use.
Budget adoption is later than most years. The mayor says administration delayed getting to work on the spending plan until the treasurer’s position was filled. The work was then done in record time, focusing on what had to be done, with no extras.
“They know the residents are hit up hard with the prices of fuel going up and the price of meals and grocery store bills going up,” he notes. ”So we didn’t want a big increase. It’s a bare bones, but at the same time, we are doing a lot of stuff in our budget.”