Alnwick/Haldimand mayor John Logel said more HR decisions need to be made before Alnwick/Haldimand passes the municipal 2018 budget.

from left: Alnwick/HaldimandMayor John Logel & Township Clerk Robin van de Moosdyk

Article & image by Valerie Macdonald

Presently, the proposed budget levy remains within the 5% year-over-year increase projection. Township Clerk Robin van de Moosdyk confirmed Thursday that the proposed budget is at 4.9%.

This number is the same as that made public at the Feb. 28 special evening council session when the specific operating and capital budgets were presented by township treasurer Arryn McNichol to council.

The 4.9% levy increase in the proposed budget is after assessment growth, states the 2018 budget overview document.

Other aspects of the budget overview include the use of $1.1-million from reserves and adding back $648,300 to the reserves as $1.9-million in capital additions are planned for this year.

“The does not include the new (Roseneath) EMS/Firehall ($2.3-million) which will be funded with a debenture late 2018,” the overview states.

If the budget levy increase remains at 4.9% increase, the actual tax levy increase for the municipal portion of the property tax bill people will receive is up $327,000 over last year.

This proposed budget “maintains programs and services…helps to address the challenge of capital replacement” and contains a commitments/donations of about $50,000, the report also states.

The municipal portion of the property taxes account for 43%, the County of Northumberland portion is 39% and education tax is 18%, the report summarized.

“(The) increase for a $250,000 home will be an additional $6.38 per year” on the municipal portion of the tax bill only, it also states.

The budget – because of the HR issues – will be discussed in a special council session on Monday, March 12.

Among the HR (human resources) decisions that council must make that will impact the final budget is the upcoming retirement next month of long-time CAO Terry Korotk who also is township’s land-use planner and deputy clerk.

Mayor John Logel told News Now Network another person will be hired for the job.

However, the recent hiring and firing of the municipality’s first-ever full-time fire chief does not impact any budgetary changes, van de Moosdyk said.

The budget will also be dealt with during the open regular council session on March 22, he added.

Alnwick/Haldimand Residents Please Note:

The clerk of Alnwick/Haldimand reminds those people who received invitations in the mail to attend the upcoming economic strategic plan development focus sessions on March 13 and 14, to confirm their attendance with her office as soon as possible.

The agriculture session is from  9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and general business from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.on Tuesday, March 13 and the tourism session is Wednesday, March 14 from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., Robin van de Moosdyk said in an interview.

These stakeholder meetings with the township-hired consultant are very important to develop a five-year economic development direction for the municipality, she explained.

The focus group sessions are being held in Grafton municipal building.

To confirm attendance please call 905 349-2822 ext. 32 or via