Aylmer budget lands at 0.74% levy increase
After an almost three and a half hour final session on Thursday, March 12, members of the Aylmer Finance Committee found savings in the 2015 budget to reduce the over six-percent levy increase starting point to 0.74-percent.
The committee, made up of all members of council, went through the budget line by line and removed a number of items including the over $200,000 proposed renovations to the interior of the Aylmer Police station.
Another notable reduction was a staff recommended $100,000 to come from taxation to make up for money not spent in 2014 for the asset management reserve.
The committee also decided to not spend upwards of $930,000 on a new or demonstrator aerial platform truck for the fire department and instead directed Fire Chief Sam Taylor to look for a used aerial truck.
A subcommittee of the Aylmer Police Services Board still had to meet to discuss finding $10,000 or more in savings in the 2015 police budget as directed by Aylmer councillors and the East Elgin Community Complex budget was still to be decided.
Read more in the Wednesday, March 18, 2015 print edition or the online e-edition.