Draft Budget Calls For 8.7% Increase in 2021, Is it Time to Get Real About Bag Tags?

StephenVance 270Municipal budget season is now in full swing with the tabling of the draft budgets for 2021 at Council's October 19 meeting. After several years of relatively low annual rate increases, the proposed 8.7 percent increase for 2021 will no doubt be a shock for many, including members of Council, although Council does have some (limited) options.

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The Pandemic Has Been All Consuming, So it Can be Easy to Forget That We Are Faring Well in Grey Bruce

StephenVance 270For the past seven months our daily lives have all but been consumed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has impacted our economy, it has restricted our movements, it has resulted in the cancellation of most everything we deem to be fun, and it has limited our contact with others. With all of the frustration and uncertainty we have been experiencing, it can be easy to forget that in Grey-Bruce at least we have fared quite well.

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In Spite of the Virus, We Have Much For Which to be Thankful

StephenVance 2702020 has been a year like no other we have experienced. The COVID-19 pandemic that has consumed our daily lives has been unsettling and uncertain, and the events of this year have seen a global heath issue paralyze nations and destroy economies. Happy Thanksgiving.

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COVID-19 Cases Are Spiking, Now is Not the Time to Let Down Our Guard

StephenVance 270With COVID-19 cases spiking across the province, it would appear that the long predicted second wave is now upon us. Here in Meaford, where we have seen very few cases since the start of the pandemic, we saw the number of confirmed cases jump from seven to eleven in less than a week.

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