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Taxes go up in Kap for first time in over three years

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It’s going to cost you a bit more in taxes and water for the upcoming year in Kapuskasing. Town Council approved a tax increase of 3.5 per cent. It represents an increase of just over $113 on a home assessed at $150,000. It’s a two percent increase in the operations budget and 1.5 per cent due to money given to the health care recruitment committee.

Mayor Dave Plourde says the town couldn’t sustain another zero per cent tax increase.

“We have to have some money coming in to help manage and make sure pay as you go continues,” he said. “And so that increase was necessary is just due to inflation this year paying for salaries, gravel, sand and asphalt.”

Plourde says it’s the first major increase in several years.

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“I think if you go back in time, with our increases last year was zero and there were no increases prior to that,” he said. “The fact that it catches up with you eventually. I think it’s just a matter of time before you have to raise it.”

Water rates are heading up by two percent with a slight increase of six cents charged over the course of the year. Sewer rates will remain the same and the town was able to send more money to sewer reserve. Council approved the capital budget of more than $6.7 million that includes construction of Government Road from Gurney Road to the Service Master business. The town is using money from prior year’s surplus, federal and provincial grants, capital levy and the gas tax to cover the cost of the projects.

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