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Regular meeting, January 11, 2021
January 11, 2021

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      January Council Meeting Summary

      Adoption of By-law 21-818 to set property tax rates and fees for the fiscal year, the conditions for collection, and the tax for household waste and recycling collection for 2021

      With this resolution, Council adopted By-law 21-818 setting property tax rates and fees for various services for 2021. The following is a summary of the tax items in the by-law:

      Property tax rates

      Categories

      2020

      2021

      Variation (%)

      Residential

      0.66540

      0.67538

      1.50%

      Non-residential

      0.92942

      0.92941

      0%

      Industrial

      1.02643

      1.04183

      1.50%

      6 or more units

      0.66540

      0.67538

      1.50%

      Agricultural

      0.65550

      0.66533

      1.50%


      Service taxes

      2020

      2021

      Recreation

      $40

      $40

      Household waste

      $220

      $240

      Fire Department

      $65

      $65.25

      Public Safety and Security

      $120

      $120.25

      Notice of motion to create a fund reserved for waste management

      The Municipality intends to build up a financial reserve from the waste collection service fees to improve how waste is managed, which will benefit the entire jurisdiction. The fund has been created by instating a tax, which will be established annually in the by-law setting the property tax rate and service fees. This translated to a $20 increase in the price of household waste collection this year. Furthermore, beginning with FY 2020, any surplus from the waste collection fees (including subsidies) will be allocated to this fund.

      The Municipality will be able to allocate any amount from this reserve to reduce fees for waste collection related to adding components to improve practices or any increase in costs associated with collection.

      Fibre optic lease agreement

      In 2019 the Municipality purchased surplus fibre optic cables from CSPO (now CSSPO) to help expand Internet and cell connectivity, one of the goals in the 2019–2023 Strategic Plan. Now the Municipality and Cogeco are looking to lay the groundwork for a partnership to do just that. Cogeco will be leasing two fibre optic cables, which will benefit La Pêche residents.

      In light of the positive economic and social benefits of such an initiative for the community, Council approved the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the Municipality and Cogeco and is sending a copy of the resolution to MNA Robert Bussière and MNA William Amos.

      Other cables remain available for leasing to other telecom companies or for other uses, if a need arises.



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