Petrolia passes budget without changes

Richard Poore explains the community centre budget Thursday during the Petrolia Council's first public view of the budget.

Petrolian’s municipal taxes will go up slightly by one per cent.
Council recently approved the 2018 budget, without making any changes.
The town expects to bring in $7.01 million in revenue this year through taxation and grants. It will spend about $5.137 million on the day-to-day operations of the town
The proposed increase would see the municipal taxes on a home assessed at $100,000 go up about $10 in 2018. The Sarnia Lambton Real Estate Board says the average home price is now $263,000 – making the increase about $26.
About $1.41 million of that will go to the administration of town. Public works will spend $1.247 million on salaries, roads, winter control, waste collection and street lights.
The other big ticket item is policing. The town will pay an estimated $1.003 million to the OPP for policing services in 2018. The budget also includes about $68,000 to deal with the increases to the minimum wage.
A total of $2.365 million is budgeted for wages and benefits in 2018 – 41.7 per cent of the entire budget. That’s up $141,078 from 2017’s estimates.
Councillors wages will also go up at the same rate as staff – 1.75 per cent in 2018 according to the treasurer.
The town plans to spend $1.6 million on capital