Residents will pay 4.98 per cent more this year

Tax hike for Armstrong

Armstrong residents will be digging a little deeper to pay the tax man this year.

Council has agreed to a 4.98 per cent tax hike, which will amount to $46 per average home.

Mayor Chris Pieper said civic leaders wanted to keep the increase under five per cent.

“That is broken down into two compartments: one is general operating expenses which will be 2.48 per cent and the other two-and-a-half per cent is, we are establishing a reserve fund for roads and drainage,” said Pieper, adding the municipality does not have a reserve fund for roads and drainage “and we will be establishing that. It will not be used for operating it will strictly be used for capital.”

And the city has some big capital works projects on tap for 2020.

“We have a $2-million road project on Sage Avenue that we are going to divide into two separate years because of the big cost of it,” said Pieper. “We will be starting it this year and continuing on until next year. That's a whole new road system for approximately half a kilometre. That's water, sewage, drainage, sidewalks – everything. It's a very big project for a small community.”


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