Town of LaSalle Civic Centre, December 8, 2022. (Photo by Maureen Revait) Town of LaSalle Civic Centre, December 8, 2022. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

LaSalle warns residential property tax increase likely coming

LaSalle residents may have to dig deeper into their wallets to support town programs and services.

Town councillors will get an update soon on the budget process, although they won't get their hands on the draft document until November 15.

The town plans to deliberate the budget on December 6 and 7.

The public can attend an open house at the Vollmer Recreation Centre on November 29.

The document will be on the town's website and its community engagement website, PlaceSpeak.

The budget currently calls for a $3.5-million increase in the municipal levy or another $193 annually for the average homeowner. It's a 6.85 per cent increase in the residential tax rate.

A report for an upcoming council meeting said the continued pause on property valuations, inflation, and several long-term goals set by the municipality account for the increase.

"The town has several long-term goals requiring significant financial commitments, including the LaSalle Landing waterfront experience, fire master plan, police financial plan, asset management capital funding build-up, and the stormwater drainage plan," cited the report. "The proposed municipal levy increase of $3,575,100 provides sufficient funding to move forward with these goals."

It also warned reducing the proposed tax rate would put pressure on future budgets or force councillors to scale back their ambitions.

Municipalities also collect the County of Essex and school tax levies, but those rates haven't been released.

*An earlier version of this story stated LaSalle Town Council would meet Tuesday night. The meeting is November 14. regrets the error.

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