The RM of Woodlands town office (Photo By Katelyn Boulanger)
The RM of Woodlands presented its financial plan for 2018 to the public during a meeting on May 1. The plan showed a slight increase in the amount of municipal taxes, going up by 1.8% from $3,323,806 in 2017 to $3,382,875 in 2018.
The RM’s commercial, farm, institutional, recreational and residential properties were reassessed for changes in value. Residential properties in the RM were assessed to be worth approximately $143 million, up 10.1% as compared to 2017. Overall, the portioned taxable assessment increased by 15%.
So, for example, a resident in the LUD of Warren (where the mill rate is pegged at 13.05), with a house assessed at $275,000 in 2018, will pay about $1,614.94 in municipal taxes- a 2.2% increase from last year. Factored in with the taxes owed to the Interlake School Division, the resident will see a 5.4% increase in their total current property taxes.
The town’s budgeted revenue will be $5,863,320. Expenses include government services for just over $700,000, transportation for about $1.4 million and fiscal (debt) services of slightly more than $2 million.
Capital projects include funds for the upgrade and repair of the Woodlands clinic building for $25,000 and the conversion of Woodlands landfill site into a transfer station for $150,000.
Upgrades to the RM’s roads have also been budgeted for. Road 82N between Road 13W and 15W will be reconstructed for $250,000. A portion of Procter Street in Woodlands will be repaired and rebuilt. for $45,000. Road 76.5 between Warren and Provincial Trunk Highway 6 will also be rebuilt for $30,000.
There will also be money set aside to install crosswalks in Woodlands and Warren for $33,500 and the design of a pedestrian transportation network for $26,500.
The RM is also investing in machinery including a loader, dozer, 3/4 ton truck and attachments for $445,000. Finally, a streetlight will be installed at Road 77N and Railway Avenue for $1,500.