Mono Council approves 2022 Budget with 2.4 per cent tax increase

February 10, 2022   ·   0 Comments

By Peter Richardson

Mono Council approved their 2022 Budget during their Feb. 8 Council meeting with a 2.4 per cent increase.

Mayor John Creelman presented a motion further cutting the draft budget by $100,000 by dipping into the Town’s reserves, but it was denied by councillors.

Coun. Melinda Davie objected to this motion, saying she felt it was an inappropriate move and did not bear well for the future. She said that she felt that the 2.4 per cent increase was a good result and met Council’s original objective.

Deputy Mayor Fred Nix agreed with Coun. Davie, as did both Coun. Ralph Manktelow and Coun. Sharon Martin.

Since the reserve in question was not specifically designated to one use, it could be used for any possible occurrence in the future.

However, the purpose of the reserve is to offset the cost of dealing with a little used bridge on 5th Line. which was in serious disrepair and before any decision was made, it was thought that public input should be sought on the matter.

Regardless, of the decision made, the project would be expensive so an adequate reserve was seen as a necessity.

Mayor Creelman’s motion was defeated, by a vote of 4 to 1.

Meanwhile, many town residents attended the Council meeting to voice their support for the resurfacing of the tennis courts at Mono College Park, and for them to be designated as Pickleball Courts instead of tennis.

Lead by Anne Yeager, the group explained that the sport of pickleball is rapidly growing in popularity and the club regularly had up to 30 members turn out to play.

They emphasized that very few tennis players were ever on the present courts and that with the six courts soon going in, in Mono, there was ample other places for them to play.

This was supported by Director of Recreation, Kim Heaton who supported the motion saying that this location also had ample parking for participants. She said that pickle ball courts would see 24 payers participate at a time, compared to only 8 for tennis thus allowing more residents to become involved at any one time.

Residents Bob and Wendy Luffman said that tennis players were rarely seen at the courts.

Council approved this request and added that the lines on the courts would now be designed for pickleball.

With no further discussion on the budget being brought forward, a motion to approve the 2022 Draft Budget was passed, unanimously, at a 2.4 per cent increased to municipal property taxes.

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