The Village of Boyle has passed their 2017 budget, with plans to bring in a new utility levy, along with a 2 per cent increase in taxes.
The balanced budget of $3.3 million was reached by drawing $10,500 from reserves, instead of more tax increases to cover that amount.
The biggest impact to residents will be the $5 dollar per month levy on both the natural gas and water utility bills, which will go directly to capital reserves.
The aim is to move away from having to rely on grant funding to be able to fix aging infrastructure.
Despite the increase in taxes, councillors say most residents will see a decrease on taxes based on their mill rate assessments.
The village is still trying to recover from the loss of the Millar Western Mill, now owned by Northland Forest Products. Back in March, Northlands annouced they were trying to sell the mill, leaving it's future up in the air.
Supporting bylaws to the budget - the tax rate and the utility levy bylaw - are expected on May 17.
May 16, 2017 - Victor Kaisar (email@example.com)