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Cobourg budget planning begins

Cecilia Nasmith

By Cecilia Nasmith, Northumberland Today

Cobourg council meets at Victoria Hall.

Cobourg council meets at Victoria Hall.

COBOURG -- Preliminary planning for Cobourg's 2018 budget starts this week, Deputy Mayor John Henderson said at council.

The session at 1 p.m. Thursday will be a time for presentations by staff members only, Henderson said.

"No delegations -- but I ask you not to panic. Public budget submissions are scheduled for Oct. 25 at 1 p.m., once you have had an opportunity to see all the departmental submissions, which will give you a better flavour of questions you might wish to ask or what you would ask of council."

Anyone wishing to present is asked to contact the clerk as soon as possible to get on to the agenda, and to prepare a written submission."

Municipal community grant applications are also due very soon -- at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 for both groups that currently receive grants and new applicants.

Finally, Henderson suggested everyone keep that date in mind for another reason altogether.

"On Oct. 30, Cobourg Day, we will also have an 1867 council re-enactment, so stay tuned. It should be very exciting," he said.

Unpaid bills

Cobourg council this week approved an agreement with Lakefront Utility Services Inc. To allow unpaid public-utility accounts to be added to the municipal tax roll for collection purposes.

The agreement was approved as a bylaw confirming the provisions of the Municipal Act that permits municipalities to add unpaid public-utility accounts to the tax roll under certain circumstances. In that sense, Mayor Gil Brocanier said, it was really a housekeeping matter.

Brocanier added that this applies only to water and waste-water rates, not to electricity.

He also said it applies to the owner of the property, and not to rental tenants.